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Meet Scamio, Bitdefender’s new free AI scam detector

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Bitdefender, the global cybersecurity firm, has introduced Scamio, a free web-based tool for detecting scams.

In the present interconnected world, new scams emerge frequently, making it challenging to stay informed about all of them. This is where Scamio comes into play. Users can engage in a conversation with the artificial intelligence (AI) tool and receive real-time feedback on the potential scam.

How does the AI scam detector Scamio work?

Users can input data into Scamio in three ways:

  • Text – Users can paste text from a suspicious source to get feedback from Scamio or describe the threat conversationally.
  • Check an image – Users can paste images into Scamio to have them checked. This could be a suspicious QR code that Scamio will scan, or a picture of a text message or email that it will read.
  • Check a link – Users can input a suspicious link, including ones from URL shorteners, and Scamio will determine their trustworthiness.

Scamio will analyze the provided data and inform users whether they are dealing with a scam, all within the web browser or through a Facebook Messenger chat with the AI. The tool is completely free, and users only need a Bitdefender account to use it.

Will people trust Scamio?

Given the abundance of scams, particularly those targeting vulnerable individuals, people may naturally be wary of an AI scam detector. The reputation of other AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, for making mistakes, combined with reports of people using AI in their scams, may be off-putting.

However, Bitdefender is a highly respected cybersecurity company that has been in operation since 2001. With over 20 years of data to train their AI, they strive to ensure its effectiveness. As a web-based tool that does not require any downloads, it is safe to use and a better alternative to blindly trusting suspicious links.

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