The Reading / Listening - Romance Fraud - Level 5

People looking for love on the Internet need to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent spike in romance fraud last year. UK Finance reported that increased cyber-fraud coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. Feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic increased this number. There was a big rise in the number of 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."



The Online Dating Association reported that 2.3 million British citizens used dating apps during lockdown. Cyber criminals took advantage of them. A total of $26 million was lost in bank transfer fraud. The average loss per victim was around $11,000. A UK bank said people aged 55 to 64 are the most vulnerable. A fraud expert said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people 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 for things like medical care.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Romance Fraud - Level 4 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. People looking for love
  2. There was a 20 per cent
  3. increased cyber-fraud coincided with
  4. Feelings of loneliness
  5. a big rise in the number of
  6. leave customers out of love and
  7. Scammers can be
  8. forming an emotional
  1. and isolation
  2. very convincing
  3. scams
  4. attachment
  5. on the Internet
  6. spike
  7. a rise in the number
  8. out of pocket

Paragraph 2

  1. Cyber criminals took
  2. $26 million was lost in
  3. The average loss
  4. people aged 55 to 64 are
  5. A fraud
  6. it's important to
  7. She urged people
  8. money for things like
  1. per victim
  2. to be careful
  3. expert
  4. advantage of them
  5. medical care
  6. bank transfer fraud
  7. the most vulnerable
  8. remain vigilant

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People looking (1) ___________________ the Internet need to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent (2) ___________________ fraud last year. UK Finance reported that increased cyber-fraud coincided with (3) ___________________ the number of people looking for a partner online. Feelings of loneliness (4) ___________________ the coronavirus pandemic increased this number. There was a big rise in the number of scams (5) ___________________ apps. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of pocket....Scammers can (6) ___________________ by forming an emotional attachment with their victims."

The Online Dating Association reported that 2.3 million British citizens used dating (7) ___________________. Cyber criminals took (8) ___________________. A total of $26 million was lost in bank transfer fraud. The average (9) ___________________ was around $11,000. A UK bank said people aged 55 to 64 are the most vulnerable. A (10) ___________________: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could (11) ___________________ romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain vigilant." She urged people to be careful if an online love interest asks for money for things (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplelookingforloveontheInternetneedtobecautious.Therewasa20
percentspikeinromancefraudlastyear.UKFinancereportedthatincrea
sedcyber-fraudcoincidedwithariseinthenumberofpeoplelookingfora
partneronline.Feelingsoflonelinessandisolationduringthecoronaviru
spandemicincreasedthisnumber.Therewasabigriseinthenumberofsc
amsrelatedtodatingapps.UKFinancesaid:"Romancescamscanleavec
ustomersoutofloveandoutofpocket....Scammerscanbeveryconvinci
ngbyforminganemotionalattachmentwiththeirvictims."TheOnlineD
atingAssociationreportedthat2.3millionBritishcitizensuseddatingap
psduringlockdown.Cybercriminalstookadvantageofthem.Atotalof$2
6millionwaslostinbanktransferfraud.Theaveragelosspervictimwasa
round$11,000.AUKbanksaidpeopleaged55to64arethemostvulnera
ble.Afraudexpertsaid:"Anyonlineplatformthatallowsyoutoconnectw
ithandtalktootherpeoplecouldbetargetedbyromancefraudsters,soit'
simportanttoremainvigilant."Sheurgedpeopletobecarefulifanonlinel
oveinterestasksformoneyforthingslikemedicalcare.

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

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

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Answers

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