Scammers want your money – turn the tables on them…

scammers hackers…and steal their time from them instead!  I get a lot of scammers trying to get my info or trying to give me LOTS of money.  Yeah, sure thing about that last bit – all they want is your bank account info.  Well, somebody with a quirky sense of humor has a great way to get back at all those “Nigerian Princes”:

WASTE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN: Somebody wrote an email bot to waste scammers’ time.

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!

I am going to try this just to see what the transcripts say.

BTW, I also get those Pakistani / Indian scammers that call saying that they are from “Tech Support” and are getting alerts that something is wrong with my computer.  Generally, I ask “well, thank you but which one of my computers is the one that is sick – I have several?”.  The pat answer is “the one that is on” which I follow up with “er, they are ALL on – is it one of the Windows machines, one of the Macs, one of the iPads, or the Androids?” which generally throws them into a tizzy.  It isn’t quite as effective now as it once was but it does give me a chance to toy with them for a while and waste their time because when they try to get “technical”, I go techie on them.  Eventually, however, they catch on, realize they’ve been had, and I get the now obligatory “F U” at which time I laugh like a hyena before the line goes dead.

Yet, they keep calling back.  TMEW, if she answers, just tells them she doesn’t own a computer – and that starts another whole line of time wasting Q & As.  Sometimes ya just gotta take the good when you can get it.

Heh!

(H/T: Boing Boing via Instapundit)

by Skip

Co-founder of GraniteGrok, my concern is around Individual Liberty and Freedom (and how Government is taking that away from us). My fight, from a Conservative (with small “L” libertarian leanings) and evangelical Christian perspective, is with the Progressives that are forcing a collectivized and secular humanistic future upon us. As TEA Party activist, citizen journalist (and pundit!), my goal is to use the New Media to advance the radical notions of America’s Founders back into our culture again.