QuickCheck: Was a deepfake video of Lee Chong Wei used to hawk investment schemes?

IN THE age of digital deception, the rich and famous aren't safe from the snare of those trying to push investment schemes.

Imagine finding your face plastered on a video promoting a dodgy deal, or your identity cloned across a sea of sham social profiles - a nightmarish scenario for anyone, right?

Did badminton star Datuk Lee Chong Wei really become the unwitting poster child for a phoney financial scheme?



Lee expressed his astonishment in a post on Facebook after discovering a fraudulent video purporting to feature their endorsement of a hoax financial scheme.

"It’s crazy what the scammers are doing these days. I’m shocked to see this fake video of me promoting a certain financial programme," he said in his post.

In the post, Lee said the culprits had used a deepfake video of him where it looks like he is promoting a hoax investment scheme.

Additionally, countless fake accounts have emerged, impersonating him and his spouse, he said.

"Please be careful when reading or watching anything. I am also saddened by the case of a former teammate who was a victim of fraud.

"I hope the authorities can find a solution before more individuals are taken advantage of," he said.

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