What are some student-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


I could represent ‘Engaging Education’ – an affiliate of the Queensland Education Department with the motto ‘making education more engaging for Queensland school students’, and make up an email and send to students about ‘Match up with a study partner’. The email would advise that other students were seeking partners to study with that lived in their area, go to their school or another local school and who are enrolled in the same subjects. The email would request particular subjects that the student needs help with, their grade (eg grade 11), male or female, when they could meet, what their interests are, the local area they live, what school they go to, phone details and facebook contact. The email would advise this information is needed to help match up students for the best result. A legitimate appearing table would be attached to fill in the relevant details.

I would want the students to consider whether such an email appears suspicious. Is it from a legitimate source? What happens to the data that the student provides? How is it used? How much personal detail does it provide? Think about the risks – how would the students meet? Are there any contact details of the sender? I could also send this to the general community to see if they are more aware of the dangers than students, who might be engaged at an emotional level.

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