Debbie Shelton Moore picked up the phone and heard the sound of her frightened 22-year-old daughter’s voice calling for help. Then a man took the phone and demanded ransom.
“The man had said, ‘Your daughter’s been kidnapped and we want $50,000,'” the Georgia mother told 11Alive, an Atlanta NBC affiliate. “Then they had her crying, like, ‘Mom, mom’ in the background.”
“It was her voice and that’s why I was totally freaking out,” Shelton Moore continued.
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In Shelton Moore’s case, the number that appeared on her phone was from the same area code where her daughter, Lauren, lived. The panicked Georgia mother believed her daughter had just gotten in a car accident.
“My heart is beating and I’m shaking,” Shelton Moore said of the moment when she received the ransom call. The voice of her daughter “was 100% believable,” she continued, “enough to almost give me a heart attack from sheer panic.”
Artificial intelligence tools can recreate a human voices from short clips of audio recordings. (Getty Images)
Local police dispatched after the ransom call found that Lauren was safe, according to 11Alive.
Still, Shelton Moore recommended families create plans to beat scammers.