The Reading / Listening - Romance Fraud - Level 4

There was a 20 per cent rise in romance fraud last year. Loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic increased this number. This cyber-fraud coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. There was a big rise in scams related to dating apps. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of pocket....Scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment with their victims."



Cyber criminals took advantage of dating apps during lockdowns. People lost a total of $26 million in bank transfer fraud. The average loss per victim was around $11,000. A UK bank said older people are most vulnerable. A fraud expert said: "Any online platform...could be targeted by romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain vigilant." She urged people to be careful if an online love interest asks for money.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Romance Fraud - Level 5 or  Romance Fraud - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252496156/Dating-app-users-warned-to-watch-out-for-scammers
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55997611
  • https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/romance-fraud-lockdown-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. There was a 20 per cent
  2. Loneliness
  3. cyber-fraud coincided with a rise
  4. people looking for a partner
  5. scams related
  6. out of
  7. Scammers can be very
  8. forming an emotional
  1. in the number
  2. attachment
  3. to dating apps
  4. and isolation
  5. convincing
  6. online
  7. rise
  8. pocket

Paragraph 2

  1. criminals took advantage
  2. during
  3. People lost a total
  4. bank transfer
  5. The average loss per
  6. older people are most
  7. A fraud
  8. it's important to remain
  1. vulnerable
  2. of $26 million
  3. victim
  4. vigilant
  5. of dating apps
  6. expert
  7. lockdowns
  8. fraud

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There was a 20 per cent (1) ___________________ fraud last year. Loneliness (2) ___________________ the coronavirus pandemic (3) ___________________. This cyber-fraud coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. There was a big (4) ___________________ related to dating apps. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and (5) ___________________....Scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment (6) ___________________."

Cyber criminals (7) ___________________ dating apps during lockdowns. People lost a total of $26 million in (8) ___________________. The average (9) ___________________ was around $11,000. A UK bank said older people (10) ___________________. A fraud expert said: "Any online platform...could (11) ___________________ romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain vigilant." She urged people to be careful if an online (12) ___________________ for money.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therewasa20percentriseinromancefraudlastyear.Lonelinessandisol
ationduringthecoronaviruspandemicincreasedthisnumber.Thiscybe
r-fraudcoincidedwithariseinthenumberofpeoplelookingforapartner
online.Therewasabigriseinscamsrelatedtodatingapps.UKFinancesai
d:"Romancescamscanleavecustomersoutofloveandoutofpocket....
Scammerscanbeveryconvincingbyforminganemotionalattachment
withtheirvictims."Cybercriminalstookadvantageofdatingappsduring
lockdowns.Peoplelostatotalof$26millioninbanktransferfraud.Theav
eragelosspervictimwasaround$11,000.AUKbanksaidolderpeoplear
emostvulnerable.Afraudexpertsaid:"Anyonlineplatform...couldbeta
rgetedbyromancefraudsters,soit'simportanttoremainvigilant."Sheu
rgedpeopletobecarefulifanonlineloveinterestasksformoney.

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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