Concept 1: 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!
Below is the ‘fake scam’ that I created. This is a realistic and commonly seen scam that all internet users should be cautious of, particularly vulnerable users such as the young and the elderly. Scams like these are dangerous, and may be used for a variety of purposes such as to gain personal information, hacking and malicious software.
In the task, students must initially respond as to whether or not they would believe the message if it popped up on their internet browsers. Students would then analyse and discuss the signs that this is a scam.
These include the unreasonableness of random free gifts, requirement of private information sharing, inaccurate description (the image displayed is an iPhone X, rather than an iPhone 11 Pro as described in the text), etc.
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