Scam or not? BitDefender's Scamio AI promises to have the answer

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 15, 2023

Scamio is a new AI tool that promises to help Internet users combat scams. Spam and scams are common on today's Internet. Especially users who are not tech-savvy may have difficulties distinguishing legitimate offers and messages from scams.

BitDefender is known for its security products. The company's Antivirus Free product for Windows and other security products are regarded highly.

BitDefender launched Scamio to help these users. Scamio requires a BitDefender account, but that is the only requirement. It is a free service that does not require a download or installation. In other words, it is a web-based service. The initial version of the service is also available for Facebook's Messenger app. Support for WhatsApp, also a Meta product, and Telegram will be introduced in the future.

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Scamio works similarly to other AI-powered tools. You interact with the AI using an input field. You may write or paste text, links or images into chat to interact with the AI. BitDefender promises an extensive threat analysis and scam detection, as well as practical tips and tricks to avoid scams.

All three input options work similarly:

  • Analyze a text -- write or paste text into the field after selecting this option. This can be a chat message or an entire email, or any other text that you want analyzed.
  • Check a screenshot or image -- upload a screenshot or image, for instance of a QR code, to get it analyzed.
  • Verify a link -- paste or write an URL into the field to have it checked by the AI.

Scamio processes the data and returns its findings, which includes whether it is a scam or not. The AI does not reveal why it rates something a scam or legitimate. Adding this information could help users avoid future scams better.

The answer includes tips to avoid scams, but these are general in nature and not related to your input. The "give me some tips to avoid scams" option worked, but it took the AI a good minute before it returned the seven tips.

Scamio may also be used in Facebook Messenger to analyze content using the messaging app.

Closing Words

If you run into a suspicious message, link or image, and have no one to ask about it, you may find Scamio useful. It is a bit barebones at the time, as it reveals little about its own findings process. Why something is rated a scam or not is not revealed.

All in all, it is another tool that Internet users have at their disposal when it comes to detecting scams and spam. Since it is an AI, it is necessary to verify its findings, especially if it returns a "non-scam" verdict.

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  1. Anonymous said on December 18, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Put in any “modern” EULA or TOS and it should be jumping up and down scream scam and illegal demands.
    Games and apps come with increasingly toxic demands that are outright illegal in many jurisdictions. With equally farfetched “usage is agreement” type phrasings, ludicrius indemnification clauses on top of “swear that you’ll never sue and have no rights what so ever!” while also demanding full rights or even ownership of anything from you and the right to snoop around on your devices and network and grab whatever they want. Oh and the usual old complete denial of liability.

    So I guess I am looking more for a ‘is this legal and reasonable’ to throw that kind of shitty cons through, with a nice ‘and where is why’ summary.

  2. Anna said on December 17, 2023 at 6:59 am

    If the process is too good to be true, it’s probably a phony crypto recovery expert. I have been scammed by so many recovery companies, and I can tell, it’s almost not possible to recover stolen or crypto sent to the wrong address. It’s rare to find a legit recovery company without getting scammed believe it or not. I’m saying from experience and I can tell you ([email protected]) is reliable, not 100% but will never leave you stranded

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