The AI bot helping you troll email scammers

SOUNDBITE (English) RE:SCAM BOT SPEAKING ON WEBSITE SAYING:
“Hey, I’m Re:Scam an artificially intelligent chatbot designed to fight scammers by imitating victims”
Meet the artificially intelligent email bot helping you troll scammers
SOUNDBITE (English) RE:SCAM BOT SPEAKING ON WEBSITE SAYING:
“I’m anyone, and no one. As far as scammers will know, I’m you.”
Netsafe, an online safety non-profit in New Zealand, have built Re:Scam to waste email scammers time.
Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker says it begins when people forward a scammer’s email to the bot
SOUNDBITE (English) MARTIN COCKER, NETSAFE CEO SAYING:
“Re:Scam receives your email, it strips off your identifying details and it then engages with the scammer that contacted you and tries to engage that scammer in a conversation.”
Re:Scam uses humour, grammatical errors and local “New Zealand slang” to make its personas believable, annoying scammers by asking question after question in a polite but frustrating manner.
SOUNDBITE (English) RE:SCAM BOT SPEAKING ON WEBSITE SAYING:
“Do you wish to be a member of the great illuminati family?
RESPONSE:
“Dear illuminati, what a wonderful surprise. I’d love to join your secret club. Do you have a bingo night?”
Globally, Netsafe says billions of dollars are lost every year to phishing scams.
With millions of victims.
It hopes the Re:Scam concept will be picked up and developed by other businesses
SOUNDBITE (English) MARTIN COCKER, NETSAFE CEO SAYING:
“If scammers are never certain about the responses they are getting – whether they are from humans or from machines – then that’s going to really disrupt their business models and if we can do that enough then it will force them to go and find…

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