PHISHING & SCAMS
Don't Fall For The Scam
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This lesson plan focuses on teaching 13-year-old students about the common tactics used in phishing and scams, such as flattery and politeness, spoofed sites, and plausible scenarios, to help them recognize and avoid these manipulative and deceitful practices, thereby better protecting themselves and their personal information online.
- Suitable for age 13
- 60 minutes + project work
What's in this lesson?
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate how flattery and politeness can be used to manipulate individuals into divulging personal information
- Identify and describe the concept of spoofed sites, and demonstrate how to verify the legitimacy of a website before entering any personal information or login credentials.
- Understand that plausible scenarios can be used to deceive individuals into thinking that they are interacting with a trusted source, and describe how to verify the authenticity of a message or communication before taking any action.
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Flattery & Politeness
Flattery and politeness are tactics used by phishing scammers to make the victim feel valued and respected, with the goal of establishing trust and lowering their guard.
A spoofed site is a fake website that is designed to look like a legitimate website. Phishing scammers may create a spoofed site to trick victims into entering their personal information or login credentials.
Phishing scammers may create plausible scenarios in their messages to make them seem more believable and authentic in their messages, by making them appear as if they are based on real-life situations that the victim could plausibly find themselves in.
Introduction (5 min)
Define the Keywords (15 min)
Investigate the Scenario (30 min)
Project Work (duration as needed)
Key Takeaways (10 min)
Included in this Lesson
- Presentation slides available in Powerpoint (.pptx) or in the Online Player
- Lesson plan for teachers
- Printable handouts for students
- Assessment rubric for project based learning
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