Introduction

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Scams are a lot more common than you might think. Most people don’t report being scammed because they’re embarrassed or don’t want to report it, so the number of victims could be even higher.

But why do people fall for scams at all? It’s not always because they’re stupid or gullible. Scammers know how to manipulate people emotionally and psychologically to get them to part with their money, and they use tactics like playing on your hopes or fears, making you feel like you owe them something, or saying things that seem like facts but aren’t.

Some people fall for scams because they don’t know how to spot them. But if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!

Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
  • scam (noun)
  • fall for something (phrasal verb)
  • manipulate (verb)
  • spot (verb)
  • play on (phrasal verb)
  • emotionally (adverb)
  • generally (adverb)

Let's Talk!

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Have you ever fallen or nearly fallen for a scam?

Keep The Conversation Going!

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Scams
  • Do you receive a lot of emails from scammers?
  • What would you do if you knew someone was trying to scam you?
  • Can you think of a common scam people fall for?
  • Why do you think some people don't report being scammed?
  • Who would you say are most vulnerable to being scammed?
  • Do you know anyone who has fallen for a scam?
  • What do you think should happen to a scammer if they are caught?

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