Software uses AI to detect bogus robbery reports

If you like getting free money, one highly-illegal way of doing so is to falsely claim that you purchased a certain item which then got stolen, so your insurance will cover the cost of a new one. This will require you to fill out a police report, however, and you could soon be caught out by software designed to detect when such reports are nothing but a load of hokum.

Developed by computer scientists from Cardiff University and Charles III University of Madrid, the VeriPol system was “trained” on a database of police reports that had already been proven fraudulent. Using natural language processing – which is a form of artificial intelligence – it identified language patterns which frequently appeared in those reports, but not in legitimate ones.

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