PHISHING & SCAMS
Money or Love?
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This lesson plan focuses on educating 15-year-old students about the tactics used in cyberattacks, namely urgency, intimidation, and love bombing, which make teenagers increasingly vulnerable to phishing and scams as they spend more time online.
- Suitable for age 15
- 60 minutes + project work
What's in this lesson?
Students will be able to:
- Explain how urgency can be used to manipulate individuals into acting hastily without considering the risks.
- Evaluate the tactic of intimidation in coercing individuals into divulging personal information or making payments.
- Identify and describe the concept of love bombing in relation to romance scams, and demonstrate how to avoid falling victim to this tactic by recognising warning signs and being cautious with online relationships.
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A tactic used by scammers to create a sense of urgency in their victims to take immediate action without thinking it through. The message is designed to cause fear and panic within the recipient.
Intimidation is a scare tactic used by cybercriminals to create fear or a sense of threat in the victim to coerce them into clicking on a link, providing personal information, or making a payment.
Scammers may quickly profess their love and affection for their victims, using language that is romantic and overly sentimental. They often love bomb in romance scams to quickly gain the trust and affection of their victims through excessive flattery and declarations of love.
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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