Is this the per­fect re­sponse to scams?

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - GADGETS/GAMES LIFE - — Matthew Dunn

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.

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