The Reading / Listening - Level 0

Fraudsters have a new way to trick people out of money. They target your IP. An IP is a computer's online ID number. Then they send you a message to say your computer has malware. The message asks you to phone for help. They make you think they are the tech support of your Internet Service Provider (ISP).



Most of the scams so far are in the USA and UK. A malware expert said: "It caught me by surprise….When I looked in closer detail…I saw it was a scam." The fraudsters infect online adverts to find your IP number. The expert's advice is to call the tech support telephone number you got when you signed up for the Internet.

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Sources
  • http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/watch-out-for-these-sophisticated-new-fake-tech-support-stings-1323769
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36084989


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Fraudsters have a new
  2. trick people out
  3. An IP is a computer's online
  4. a message to say your computer
  5. The message asks you to phone for
  6. They make you
  7. they are
  8. Internet Service
  1. of money
  2. way
  3. Provider
  4. help
  5. think
  6. ID number
  7. has malware
  8. the tech support

Paragraph 2

  1. Most of the scams so
  2. A malware
  3. It caught me by
  4. I looked in closer
  5. I saw it
  6. The fraudsters infect online
  7. The expert's advice is to call
  8. when you signed
  1. detail
  2. surprise
  3. up for the Internet
  4. expert
  5. the tech support
  6. far
  7. was a scam
  8. adverts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fraudsters have a (1) ___________________ people out of money. They (2) ___________________. An IP is a computer's (3) ___________________. Then they send you a message to say your computer (4) ___________________. The message asks you to (5) ___________________. They make you think they are the tech (6) ___________________ Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Most of the (7) ___________________ are in the USA and UK. A malware expert said: "It (8) ___________________ surprise….When I looked (9) ___________________…I saw it was a scam." The fraudsters (10) ___________________ adverts to find your IP number. The expert's advice (11) ___________________ tech support telephone number you got when (12) ___________________ for the Internet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Fraudstershaveanewwaytotrickpeopleoutofmoney.Theytargetyour
IP.AnIPisacomputer'sonlineIDnumber.Thentheysendyouamessage
tosayyourcomputerhasmalware.Themessageasksyoutophoneforhe
lp.TheymakeyouthinktheyarethetechsupportofyourInternetService
Provider(ISP).MostofthescamssofarareintheUSAandUK.Amalwaree
xpertsaid:"Itcaughtmebysurprise….WhenIlookedincloserdetail…Isa
witwasascam."ThefraudstersinfectonlineadvertstofindyourIPnumb
er.Theexpert'sadviceistocallthetechsupporttelephonenumberyougo
twhenyousignedupfortheInternet.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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