Scammers want your money – turn the tables on them…

by Skip

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 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.


(H/T: Boing Boing via Instapundit)

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  • Tom Ford

    Or, if you have the time to fool with them, you can waste their time by letting them think you are co-operating with them; which means letting them think you are doing the steps they describe to download a bot to let them take over your PC (while you are actually doing something completely different and productive with your time). But since you were too smart to actually follow their instructions, it will never work, and they get frustrated.

  • mer

    My dad had a good one, he started going “I won a computer? You’re giving me a computer?” they eventually hung up on him.
    My best was “Apu, is that you? Please to be standing away from the Slurpee machine”, yep they hung up on me too.

    I’ve read things where people honeypot them into VMs and go back channel to control their computers. Fun stuff to read, but I don’t have the time.

  • Bryan W

    I like the one where the one answering the phone pretends it’s an active crime scene and the caller is now a “suspect.” Grep it on Youtube – it’s funny.

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