The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Fraudsters have a new method to trick people into losing money. They are pretending to be the technical support of ISPs (Internet Service Providers). This scam looks real, even to experienced Internet users. The fraudsters target an IP – this is a computer's online ID number. Once fraudsters have the IP, the victim gets a pop-up window with a message to say the computer has malware. The victim is then advised to phone for help. The Internet security company Malwarebytes said: "The scammers are trying to get people to call them. People are literally paying to be scammed."



Malwarebytes said most of the scams so far are in the USA and UK, but they will spread worldwide. A malware expert at Malwarebytes said: "It caught me by surprise….It was only when I looked in closer detail that I saw it was a scam." The fraudsters infect online adverts that then work out your IP number. You do not have to click on the ad for the computer to get infected by the malware. Malwarebytes' advice is to call the tech support number you got when you signed up for the Internet. They said never trust phone numbers in pop-up windows.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 3

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. This scam looks
  3. this is a computer's online
  4. the victim gets a pop-
  5. a message to say the
  6. The victim is then advised
  7. Internet security
  8. People are literally
  1. up window
  2. to phone for help
  3. method to trick people
  4. paying to be scammed
  5. ID number
  6. company
  7. real
  8. computer has malware

Paragraph 2

  1. most of the scams so
  2. a malware
  3. It caught me
  4. when I looked in closer
  5. work out your IP
  6. for the computer to get
  7. call the tech support
  8. never trust phone numbers in pop-
  1. number
  2. by surprise
  3. infected by the malware
  4. far
  5. number
  6. expert
  7. up windows
  8. detail

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fraudsters have (1) ___________________ to trick people into losing money. They are (2) ___________________ the technical support of ISPs (Internet Service Providers). This scam looks real, even (3) ___________________ Internet users. The fraudsters target an IP – this is a computer's online ID number. Once fraudsters have the IP, the victim (4) ___________________ window with a message to say the computer (5) ___________________. The victim is then advised to phone for help. The Internet security company Malwarebytes said: "The scammers are trying to get people to call them. People are literally paying (6) ___________________."

Malwarebytes said most of the (7) ___________________ are in the USA and UK, but they will spread worldwide. A malware expert at Malwarebytes said: "It caught (8) ___________________….It was only when I looked (9) ___________________ that I saw it was a scam." The fraudsters infect online adverts that then work out your IP number. You do not (10) ___________________ the ad for the computer to (11) ___________________ the malware. Malwarebytes' advice is to call the tech support number (12) ___________________ signed up for the Internet. They said never trust phone numbers in pop-up windows.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Fraudstershaveanewmethodtotrickpeopleintolosingmoney.Theyare
pretendingtobethetechnicalsupportofISPs(InternetServiceProvider
s).Thisscamlooksreal,eventoexperiencedInternetusers.Thefraudst
erstargetanIP–thisisacomputer'sonlineIDnumber.Oncefraudste
rshavetheIP,thevictimgetsapop-upwindowwithamessagetosayth
ecomputerhasmalware.Thevictimisthenadvisedtophoneforhelp.The
InternetsecuritycompanyMalwarebytessaid:"Thescammersaretryin
gtogetpeopletocallthem.Peopleareliterallypayingtobescammed."M
alwarebytessaidmostofthescamssofarareintheUSAandUK,buttheyw
illspreadworldwide.AmalwareexpertatMalwarebytessaid:"Itcaught
mebysurprise….ItwasonlywhenIlookedincloserdetailthatIsawitwas
ascam."ThefraudstersinfectonlineadvertsthatthenworkoutyourIPnu
mber.Youdonothavetoclickontheadforthecomputertogetinfectedbyt
hemalware.Malwarebytes'adviceistocallthetechsupportnumberyou
gotwhenyousignedupfortheInternet.Theysaidnevertrustphonenum
bersinpop-upwindows.

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You