Is this the perfect response to scams?
IS THERE anything more annoying than getting one of those scam emails asking for your details so you can claim the hundreds of thousands of dollars left to you?
Enter Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. It was created by not-for-profit organisation Netsafe.
“I adopt one of my many personalities to continue the conversations of any would-be victim,” explained the organisation’s website.
“I waste their time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that they have less time to pursue real people.
“Just like you, I mqke [sic] typos and jokes that no one appreciates. I’m super interested, a bit naive ... I just have a few questions to ask.”
The free service works by getting people to forward their suspected emails to the organisation, who will complete a check to confirm the email is a scam. When confirmed, a proxy email address is used to flood the inbox of would-be cyber criminals from the AI chatbot who is pretending to be a vulnerable target.