This Chatbot Wastes Scammers' Time, And It's Glorious
At some point, we've all been contacted by a Nigerian prince, long-lost uncle, or some guy that just can't manage to get a bank account with the promise that if we just make one small wire transfer we'll have millions in our account by morning.
Admittedly, I've responded to a few for fun just to see where the conversation can go. As
, now one security firm has created a chatbot that allows you to respond to all those annoying scam messages and waste their time like they did yours by sending the
To use it, you just have to forward the first offending message to
. When you do, a proxy email address will start replying to the scammer's emails for you. And the responses look pretty real.
has a few listed on their site
. For instance, this was the chatbot's first response to a request for a wire transfer.
It's easy to use, and says just enough to keep the conversation going without letting on that you're actually using a bot to do the talking.