Unit 4 – Scam Awareness Teaching Activities

Some Scam awareness teaching activities for early primary students include the following:

  1. Ask each student to write (on paper) a draft scam email for a specific person in the class (this can include the teacher.) Provide ideas about what they might like to consider before writing their email, such as the person’s hobbies or interests, how to make the email appear legitimate (avoiding spelling mistakes, recreating a logo, using an email address similar to one that the company might use) and what information they are trying to obtain and why.
  2. Students work in small groups to create a telephone call script based on a list of objectioves provided by the teacher. For example,  1. Doctor, request name, confirm appointment time. 2. Scammer pretending to be electricity provider Origin, tell them their bill is overdue, threaten to cut off their electricty, get them to pay you $200.

Once the students have their scripts prepared, they will ring each other using their script. Groups need to identify whether they think the caller is legitimate or a hacker and how well they think both parties played their role. Was the person receiving the call cautious or did they disclose personal information? How convincing was the hacker, did they seem genuine? If not, what gave them away?

  1. Work as a class to create a list of tell-tale scammer signs. Discuss how to deal with a scammer via telephone, in person, in online chat and via email. Roleplay some scenarios with students in the class.

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