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Dental Practice Owners Beware: Deepfake – The New Cyber Scam

In an era where technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, the emergence of deepfake technology has sparked concerns and raised questions about the authenticity of digital content. Deepfakes, a term coined from “deep learning” and “fake,” refer to manipulated videos or images created using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. While the technology itself has potential applications in various fields, such as entertainment and filmmaking, its misuse poses a significant risk to practice owners, particularly in perpetrating scams and spreading misinformation. As deepfake scams become increasingly prevalent within the dental industry, it is imperative that practice owners take preventive measures in order to mitigate a potential harmful impact.

Understanding Deepfake Technology:

Deepfake technology leverages deep learning algorithms, particularly generative adversarial networks (GANs), to superimpose or replace the likeness of one person with another in videos or images. These algorithms analyze and synthesize vast amounts of data to create highly realistic, yet entirely fabricated content. With the advancement in AI and the accessibility to powerful computing resources, creating convincing deepfakes has become easier than ever, thereby making it challenging for the untrained eye to distinguish between genuine and manipulated content.

The Risks of Deepfake Scams:

Deepfake scams pose multifaceted risks to practice owners as well as employees. Some of the most significant risks include:

  1. Identity Theft: Deepfake technology can be used to impersonate individuals, leading to identity theft and fraud. Scammers can create fake videos or audio recordings of prominent figures, as well as acquaintances in order to deceive practice owners and employees into divulging sensitive practice and patient information.
  2. Disinformation Campaigns: Deepfake videos can be used to spread misinformation regarding a particular practice. By creating fabricated content depicting practice owners either saying or doing things they never did, or malicious actors manipulate employees into doing acts that may be financially devastating the practice.
  3. Financial Fraud: Deepfakes can be utilized in carrying out various forms of financial fraud, such as impersonating practice owners, or falsifying false or misleading information to employees. By convincingly mimicking the voices and appearances of practice owners and other high level employees, as well as practice advisors, fraudsters can deceive employees and patients into transferring funds or making decisions based on falsified information.

Preventive Strategies Against Deepfake Scams:

Addressing the threat posed by deepfake scams requires a multifaceted approach by practice owners that involves technology, education, and policy interventions. Here are some strategies to combat the proliferation of deepfake scams:

  1. Developing Detection Tools: Researchers and tech companies are actively working on developing advanced detection tools and algorithms capable of identifying deepfake content. These tools utilize techniques such as reverse engineering, forensic analysis, and machine learning to detect inconsistencies or artifacts indicative of manipulation.
  2. Promoting Media Literacy: Educating all employees regarding the existence and potential risks of deepfake technology is crucial to the practice’s security. By raising awareness to employees regarding the existence of manipulated content and providing guidance on how to critically evaluate information sources, practice employees can become more discerning regarding potential scams.
  3. Enhancing Authentication Mechanisms: Implementing robust authentication mechanisms for verifying the authenticity of digital content can help practice owners and employees mitigate the risk of deepfake scams. Techniques such as digital watermarking, cryptographic signatures, and blockchain-based certification can provide assurances of content integrity and origin.


As deepfake technology continues to evolve, the threat of deepfake scams looms large, posing significant challenges to all practice owners. However, with proactive measures such as developing detection tools, promoting media literacy, enhancing authentication mechanisms, implementing regulatory measures, and fostering collaborative efforts, practice owners can effectively combat deepfake scams and safeguard the integrity of practice information.

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Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company. <strong><a href="https://obermanlaw.com/people/stuart-j-oberman/"><span style="color: #0059b8;">Read More =></span></a></strong>


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