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  • Re:scam

    Ever wish you could somehow get back at scammers who email you? Now
    there's a way.

    New Zealand-based cyber-security firm Netsafe created an artificially
    intelligent email bot dubbed Re:scam, which is designed to imitate
    victims and waste the time of scammers.

    "Re:scam wastes scammers' time with a never-ending series of questions
    and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people,"
    Netsafe wrote in a blog post. The company said Re:scam will "continue
    the conversation indefinitely – or until the scammer stops replying."

    Re:scam can take on many different personalities and engage with
    "infinite scammers at once," Netsafe wrote. It will even make typos and
    jokes to spice up the conversation and seem like a real person.

    In response to one Western Union scam, for instance, Re:scam wrote back
    "Are you talking about real money? Because if so then you certainly have
    my attention. What do you need from me?" The scammer then instructed the
    would-be victim to wire $73, and Re:scam replied asking whether "Chevron
    petrol vouchers" are an acceptable form of payment. After going back and
    forth several more times, Re:scam finally messages the scammer saying:
    "My Grandad asked me to email you for him because he's slow at typing
    and gets easily confused. He told me it's super important. What do you
  • Excellent.