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'Do you do a bingo night?': the New Zealand chatbots designed to scam the scammers

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - November 09, 2017 7380

Internet watchdog uses artificial intelligence bot to engage foreign scammers in long-winded email conversations

Thousands of online scammers around the globe are being fooled by artificial intelligence bots posing as New Zealanders and created by the country’s internet watchdog to protect it from “phishing” scams.

Chatbots that use distinct New Zealand slang such as “aye” have been deployed by Netsafe in a bid to engage scammers in protracted email exchanges that waste their time, gather intelligence and lure them away from actual victims.