Deepfakes in Crypto – What to Know & How to Stay Safe

by | Jul 3, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Today’s discussion will be on Deepfakes – what they are and how to stay safe in the crypto-verse.

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence (AI) to create highly realistic but fake videos and audio recordings.

This technology can deceive people, manipulate markets, and maliciously steal sensitive information.

After reading this post, you will understand Deepfakes, how to identify them, and how to stay safe.

Let’s get started.

What are Deepfakes?

Deepfakes are synthetic media where a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness.

For example, you see Elon Musk speaking in a video, but it is a make-believe video.

It leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and generative adversarial networks (GANs), to create highly realistic but fake content.

Creating Deepfakes involves:

  • Data Collection: Gathering images or videos of the target person.
  • Training: Feeding this data into deep learning algorithms.
  • Synthesis: The AI creates believable fake content.

In the crypto-verse, Deepfakes can create convincing videos of well-known figures giving fraudulent advice or endorsing scams.

Or even making misleading statements that can manipulate market prices.

But even as convincing as Deepfakes can be, there are ways to identify them.

Read about that below.

How to Identify Deepfakes

Image Source:

Here are some tips to spot Deepfakes:

  1. Inconsistent Lighting: Look for unnatural shadows or highlights.
  2. Blurring: Check the edges of faces for blurring or mismatching.
  3. Unnatural Movements: Notice any jerky or out-of-sync movements.
  4. Audio-Visual Mismatch: Listen for audio that doesn’t match lip movements.

Or you can opt to use Deepfake detectors, e.g., Deepware, Deepfake Proof, etc.

We will look at the impact of Deepfakes on crypto in the following subheading.

How Deepfakes are Used in Crypto

Image Source: Bitget Research

According to Cointelegraph, Deepfakes has been forecasted to cause more than $25 billion in crypto losses in 2024 alone.

Deepfakes are used to extort people in crypto in the following ways:

1. Fraudulent Endorsements:

Here, scammers use Deepfakes to create videos of influential figures, such as industry leaders or celebrities.

The video will have them promoting fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) or Ponzi schemes.

Examples include:

News also abounds of Deepfake videos of hundreds of celebrities purported to be promoting one scam or the other.

2. Market Manipulation:

Deepfake videos of CEOs or big names in crypto announcing false news can lead to significant market movements.

For example, a video of the Bybit CEO saying that the Bitcoin blockchain is having issues will lead to hodlers selling off their BTC.

This will cause the marketcap of Bitcoin to drop.

This can result in financial loss for unsuspecting investors.

3. Impersonation:

Deepfake audio can be used in social engineering attacks.

Scammers impersonate trusted individuals to extract sensitive information or funds from victims.

Imagine you receiving a voice note from Jude Umeano asking that you send him 1000USDT as he’s in dire need of it.

You will be quick to believe it without doubt.

4. Reputation Damage:

Deepfakes can harm the reputation of individuals or companies, causing long-term damage and loss of trust within the community.

Now that you have seen how Deepfakes can be used to cause damage in crypto, I will tell you how to stay safe while navigating the crypto-verse.

How to Stay Safe from Deepfakes

i. Verify Information:

Always verify the authenticity of information from multiple reliable sources before taking action.

Cross-check news, announcements, and endorsements from official channels before taking any decision to invest.

Say an email comes in from Binance. Confirm that it came from and not www.biną

ii. Educate Yourself:

It is said that knowledge is power!

Stay informed about the latest developments in AI and Deepfake technology.

By understanding how Deepfakes works, you can recognize potential threats.

iii. Use Advanced Detection Tools:

As mentioned above, use tools and services that specialize in detecting deepfakes.

This will go a long way to help you identify manipulated media.

iv. Enable Security Features:

Security in crypto is everyone’s business; never take it for granted.

Use two-factor authentication (2FA) and other security measures to protect your accounts.

This adds an extra layer of security, making it harder for attackers to gain access.

v. Be Skeptical:

Have you heard the saying: Question everything!?

Do exactly that; don’t ignore that gut feeling.

Adopt a healthy level of skepticism, especially with unsolicited advice or too-good-to-be-true investment opportunities.

Always do your own research (DYOR).

vi. Limit Sharing:

It’s the Wild West out there, pal. Rouges are on the prowl seeking for who to devour.

Be cautious about sharing personal images and videos online.

Only share what is necessary. Keep your life private.

vii. Report Suspicious Activity:

If you encounter a potential Deepfake or any suspicious activity, kindly report to the relevant platforms and authorities.

This will help in curbing the spread of fraudulent content.


This is where we wrap it up for today’s post. Hope it was a worthy read.

Deepfakes is a growing threat in the crypto-verse, capable of causing significant financial and reputational damage.

By staying informed and using robust security practices, you can protect yourself from these sophisticated scams.

Remember, stay vigilant and never believe it if it’s too good to be true ‘cos it is!

Now let’s talk:

Have you encountered Deepfakes in the crypto space?

Share your experiences in the comments below.

Let’s work together to make the crypto-verse safe for everyone!

Go ahead and share this post on your favourite SM platform to inform others of the dangers of Deepfakes.

Follow us on X for more amazing crypto content and airdrop info.


Have something to say? Drop it here!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Chiamaka Atueyi
Crypto Content writer at Nigeria Bitcoin Community. Whether as a member of my high school Press club or part of the Scriptwriters in my community, I've been on a writing path from the start. The reason? I like keeping people informed.