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How To Avoid Scams In ChatGPT Groups

Avoid Scams In ChatGPT Groups

You may be in multiple ChatGPT-themed groups on Facebook because you want to learn more. But you might have noticed that some members share weird content, ask weird questions, or offer things that don’t seem very legal. We went undercover to understand all the scams in ChatGPT Facebook groups.

Avoid Scams In ChatGPT Groups

1. People wanting to “help you”

If you ever had an issue with ChatGPT, you might have considered asking questions in a group or forum or checking for answers online. It might be tempting to trust members of your ChatGPT group when they say they can fix your issue or even help you recover your account if you were blocked.

People wanting to “help you”

While some people come up with good ideas, like restarting your device, clearing cookies, or simply writing to customer support, others will help you recover your account or fix your issues. There’s a big chance those people will ask for your login credentials and then enable 2FA, which means you’ll have no way to recover your account. They might even charge you money for it. 

Never give your credentials to anyone! Not even someone who says they work for OpenAI

Additionally, you might see people promoting ChatGPT alternatives. Often, they are behind the service, and they either want new users or their whole website is just a data-grabbing fraud. You might think, “Oh, they just want to help me”. Not always. Here’s what you can check to make sure the website is legit:

  • Who is behind the website? You can type the URL in WHOIS databases and see who’s behind the website.
  • Check if they have a GDPR policy, as they’re legally required (unless they refuse to deal with users from the European Union). You’re in the European Union and don’t see a GDPR policy? Red flag!
  • Terms of use: The lack of a page explaining the terms of use for the website is a red flag
  • Use of your data: If nothing mentions how your data is handled, it’s a red flag.
  • Check websites like TrustPilot and Norton to see if a website has been reported as unsafe.
  • White paper: The website doesn’t have a white paper or say which model they use. Red flag
  • Contact and team page: Is there no way to contact someone from customer service?
  • Is there no way to know who is behind the website? Red flag

You might also see people offering free training about AI and ChatGPT. Often, you’ll be redirected away from Facebook and into a weird Telegram group. Be careful about those, and only take courses from reputable sources.

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2. Phone number scams

You might sometimes see people asking for help setting up their accounts. They will explain that they need a phone number from a country where ChatGPT is available. This is, of course, forbidden by OpenAI’s terms of use. Here’s what could happen if you help this person:

  • Your data will be used against you or sold to a third party
  • Your phone number might be blocked, and you won’t be able to use it to create an account with OpenAI in the future.
  • You might be giving too much information and allowing the person to take your account entirely
  • You will be used to breaking a law or local regulation (imagine you’re helping someone go around a ChatGPT country ban!)

3. Buying/selling accounts

If you’re in a country that has banned ChatGPT, you might be tempted to buy a verified account from someone else to benefit from ChatGPT. Remember that selling or renting data is illegal in many countries. Not only will OpenAI find out and ban you, but you might also face legal consequences.

4. Fake GPT apps

 Fake GPT apps

Many people are profiting from the popularity of ChatGPT and copying the original app to generate money. In less than 5 minutes, you could download a bootleg app and pay for a very expensive subscription. Here’s how to protect yourself:

Trust official sources: Stick to reputable and well-known platforms or websites when accessing GPT apps or AI-related services. Be cautious when downloading apps or software from unfamiliar sources.

It means do not click on links that promise a free ChatGPT alternative. They could just be harvesting your data, reselling it, and using what you type in the dialogue box against you. Check their terms of use, white paper, and reviews.  

Verify the developer: Check the credibility of the app or service developer. Look for information about their reputation, user reviews, and any official affiliations or certifications they may have.

Read reviews and feedback: Before using a GPT lookalike app or service, read user reviews and feedback to get an idea of others’ experiences. If there are many positive reviews, check if they aren’t written by bots or if all sound the same.

Be wary of phishing and scam attempts: Watch out for phishing attempts where scammers impersonate legitimate GPT services to steal personal information or financial details. Double-check the website URL, email addresses, and official communication channels to ensure authenticity.

Protect personal information: Be cautious when sharing personal information with GPT apps or services. Ensure that the app has clear privacy policies and that you only provide necessary information that is relevant to the use of the service.

Use secure connections: When using GPT apps or services, ensure you are connected to a secure network, preferably using a trusted and encrypted Wi-Fi connection.

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Following these precautions can reduce the risk of falling prey to fake GPT apps and scams and ensure a safer and more reliable experience when interacting with AI-based applications.

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