How To Use an Email Bot to Waste the Time of Email Scammers

Posted in How To, iOS, Mac on 13/11/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Today’s “how to” is a bit different from most. Spam is the bane of any email user. Sure, you can use filters, anti-spamming software and other “solutions,” but nothing completely frees you from the onslaught of spam and email scammers.

Luckily, there’s a new way to keep the spammers/scammers so busy, they won’t have as much time to scam you and your loved ones.

How To Use an Email Bot to Waste Email Scammers’ Time

When you get a scam email, forward it to “me@rescam.org.” this will activate a bot that New Zealand security company Netsafe has developed. The bot will keep the scammer busy emailing back and forth with it, thereby subtracting from the time the scammer would normally have to rob humans. (Netsafe Via BoingBoing)

Introducing Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. Re:scam wastes scammers time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people.

If you think you’ve received a scam email, forward it to me@rescam.org and we’ll take it from there. We’ll even send you a summary of the conversations Re:scam has had with the scammer – sometimes they can be quite funny!

Re:scam is an initiative aimed at helping people from becoming fraud victims by occupying the time and resources of scammers through deploying a well-educated artificially intelligent chat bot. Instead of junking or deleting a scam email, you can now forward it to Re:scam who will continue the conversation indefinitely – or until the scammer stops replying.

Re:scam can take on multiple personas, imitating real human tendencies with humour and grammatical errors, and can engage with infinite scammers at once, meaning it can continue an email conversation for as long as possible. Re:scam will turn the table on scammers by wasting their time, and ultimately damage the profits for scammers.

Netsafe says they do not include your email address or the original email content when they engage the scammer.

How To Use an Email Bot to Waste Email Scammers' Time

The New Zealand security firm notes that it could take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days for the bot to reply to the scammer each time, as the bot is designed to vary times between replies, so as to appear more human.

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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.