The automated Re:scam chatbot is designed to fight scammers with a scam of its own.
There are few things more annoying than an inbox so crammed with junk mail. And sometimes you’ll begin losing valuable correspondence inside the tidal wave of spam.
So New Zealand cybersecurity firm Netsafe has unveiled a creative solution to combat automated spam emails—automated spam responses. Called Re:scam, a chatbot will reply to spam emails for you, taking up the spammer’s time so they don’t bother you or someone else.
If you receive a spam email, you can forward it to the address firstname.lastname@example.org. The chatbot will take over from here. It replies to the initial email with an automated response from a proxy address. Then will keep replying to additional emails until the scammer gets frustrated and quits. It’ll even send you a transcript of the conversation.
If lots of people start using Re:scam, it could take up enough of the scammers’ time to keep them from bothering real people. This would make the emailing world a much better place.