The Reading / Listening - Online Dating - Level 2

A new Internet scam is targeting people who are looking for love. Conmen are tricking people by using old love letters and romantic language. Conmen buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-be daters. The pack is online and only costs a few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and fake identities. This is all you need to pretend to be someone looking for love. The conmen pretend to be looking for romance on dating sites. They write to their victim and when they become friends, they ask for money. They use many different excuses and reasons why they need money.



London police said 3,900 people were scammed online in 2016. The average amount of money lost was $12,500. The average age of the victims was 59. More women than men were scammed. A senior police officer described the damage the scams do. He said these crimes destroy lives. He said the emotional damage is usually bigger than the financial loss. He advised people to never give money to strangers. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that people should always be on their guard online.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Dating - Level 0 Online Dating - Level 1   or  Online Dating - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/old-love letters-are-being-used-con-online-daters-out-cash-1606131
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38936509
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2842069/dating-sharks-rob-singletons-tips-stay-safe-online/


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. A new Internet scam is
  2. looking for
  3. love
  4. to help them trick would-
  5. fake
  6. They write to
  7. They use many different
  8. reasons why they
  1. their victim
  2. excuses
  3. identities
  4. need money
  5. targeting people
  6. letters
  7. love
  8. be daters

Paragraph 2

  1. London police said 3,900 people
  2. The average amount of
  3. The average age
  4. A senior police
  5. these crimes destroy
  6. emotional
  7. never give money
  8. people should always be
  1. damage
  2. of the victims
  3. lives
  4. on their guard
  5. were scammed
  6. to strangers
  7. officer
  8. money lost

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new Internet (1) ___________________ people who are looking for love. Conmen are tricking people (2) ___________________ love letters and romantic language. Conmen buy "scam packs" to help them trick (3) ___________________. The pack is online and only costs a few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and fake identities. (4) ___________________ need to pretend to be someone looking for love. The conmen pretend to be looking for (5) ___________________ sites. They write to their victim and when they become friends, they ask for money. They use many different (6) ___________________ why they need money.

London police said 3,900 people were scammed online in 2016. The (7) ___________________ money lost was $12,500. The average (8) ___________________ was 59. More women than men were scammed. A senior police officer described (9) ___________________ scams do. He said these crimes destroy lives. He said the emotional (10) ___________________ bigger than the financial loss. He advised people to never give money to strangers. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no matter (11) ___________________ sob story the person uses." He added that people should (12) ___________________ their guard online.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnewInternetscamistargetingpeoplewhoarelookingforlove.Conmen
aretrickingpeoplebyusingoldlovelettersandromanticlanguage.Con
menbuy"scampacks"tohelpthemtrickwould-bedaters.Thepackiso
nlineandonlycostsafewdollars.Itincludeslove-lettertemplates,photo
s,videosandfakeidentities.Thisisallyouneedtopretendtobesomeonel
ookingforlove.Theconmenpretendtobelookingforromanceondatings
ites.Theywritetotheirvictimandwhentheybecomefriends,theyaskfor
money.Theyusemanydifferentexcusesandreasonswhytheyneedmo
ney.Londonpolicesaid3,900peoplewerescammedonlinein2016.The
averageamountofmoneylostwas$12,500.Theaverageageofthevicti
mswas59.Morewomenthanmenwerescammed.Aseniorpoliceofficer
describedthedamagethescamsdo.Hesaidthesecrimesdestroylives.H
esaidtheemotionaldamageisusuallybiggerthanthefinancialloss.Hea
dvisedpeopletonevergivemoneytostrangers.Hesaid:"Nevergivemo
neytopeopleyoumeetonline,nomatterwhatemotionalsobstorythepe
rsonuses."Headdedthatpeopleshouldalwaysbeontheirguardonline.

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)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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