Fake Emails and Scams

Task: What are some primary-friendly “scam scenarios” that you could use in the classroom for encouraging students to critically think about messages they receive? Create your own “fake scam” to share with the community so they can try and spot the tell-tale signs!


Over a period of time I collected copies of potential phishing emails, scams etc that I personally received.  I have collated them all into a powerpoint and I invite students to read, critique then decide if they are real/fake.   I usually run this straight after a unit where we critique websites.   I like to use the April Fools websites like the Google job on the moon,  Pacific North west octopus tree etc.  Always envokes a great conversation about ‘Red Flags’.

Last time I presented this unit I also included a few slides on how the Media can manipulate photos to use to their own advantage.  This included photos taken from different angles during political campaigns, Prince William giving what looks like a rude gesture, and magazine photo shoots where Oprah appears to have 3 hands and Reese Witherspoon has 3 legs thanks to a bad photoshop attempt.

It gets students to realise that not everything they see is true and how they need to think critically when presented with information or red-flag raising scripts

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