The Reading / Listening - Online Dating - Level 3

There is a new scam on the Internet for those looking for love. Criminals are trying to trick people by using old love letters and romantic language. Conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-be daters into their scam. The pack is available online and only costs a few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and false identities. This is all that is needed to pretend to be someone looking for love. The criminals pose as potential partners and contact people seeking romance on dating sites. After a period of correspondence, they start asking their victim for money. They use many different kinds of excuses and reasons why they need money.



The police force in London reported 3,900 people being scammed online in 2016. The average amount of money they lost was $12,500. The average age of the victims was 59 years old. More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims being female. A senior police officer described the damage the scams do to victims. He said: "These crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often far outweighs the financial loss. He advised people against giving strangers money. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that to be safe, people should always be on their guard when communicating with a stranger online.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Online Dating - Level 0 Online Dating - Level 1   or  Online Dating - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ONLINE DATING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about online dating. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       scam / love / trick / online / a few dollars / false identities / criminals / romance /
       police / average / female / damage / financial / strangers / emotional / guard

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. BANNED: Students A strongly believe online dating websites should be banned; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. DATING: What are the pros and cons of these ways of meeting a potential partner? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

At a party

 

 

Online date

 

 

Arranged by parents

 

 

Blind date

 

 

At work

 

 

In a shopping mall

 

 

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5. ROMANTIC: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "romantic". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. FIRST DATE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best place to go on a first date at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • A disco
  • A shopping mall
  • Karaoke
  • A museum
  • The movies
  • Disneyland
  • A picnic in the park
  • A romantic restaurant

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Conmen are using old love letters to trick people.     T / F
  2. An online dating "scam pack" is available for $100.     T / F
  3. Criminals pretend to be matchmakers.     T / F
  4. All of the criminals use the same reason for wanting money.     T / F
  5. Around 39,000 people were scammed in London in 2016.     T / F
  6. People were scammed out of an average of $12,500.     T / F
  7. More than 60 per cent of the victims were women.     T / F
  8. A police officer advised people to be on guard when online with a stranger. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. trick
  2. available
  3. false
  4. potential
  5. seeking
  6. amount
  7. victims
  8. destroy
  9. outweighs
  10. on your guard
  1. possible
  2. targets
  3. exceeds
  4. fake
  5. careful
  6. fool
  7. wreck
  8. looking for
  9. on sale
  10. sum

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. love
  2. The pack is available online and only
  3. The criminals pose
  4. they start asking their
  5. different kinds of excuses and
  6. The average amount
  7. the damage the scams do
  8. emotional damage often far outweighs
  9. emotional sob
  10. people should always be on
  1. costs a few dollars
  2. the financial loss
  3. victim for money
  4. of money they lost
  5. letters
  6. story
  7. as potential partners
  8. their guard
  9. to victims
  10. reasons why they need money

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
pretend
period
easily
excuses
false
trying
romance
available

There is a new scam on the Internet for those looking for love. Criminals are (1) ____________ to trick people by using old love letters and romantic language. Conmen can (2) ____________ buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-be daters into their scam. The pack is (3) ____________ online and only costs a few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and (4) ____________ identities. This is all that is needed to (5) ____________ to be someone looking for love. The criminals pose as potential partners and contact people seeking (6) ____________ on dating sites. After a (7) ____________ of correspondence, they start asking their victim for money. They use many different kinds of (8) ____________ and reasons why they need money.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
being
far
matter
victims
guard
damage
average
strangers

The police force in London reported 3,900 people being scammed online in 2016. The (9) ____________ amount of money they lost was $12,500. The average age of the (10) ____________ was 59 years old. More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims (11) ____________ female. A senior police officer described the (12) ____________ the scams do to victims. He said: "These crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often (13) ____________ outweighs the financial loss. He advised people against giving (14) ____________ money. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no (15) ____________ what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that to be safe, people should always be on their (16) ____________ when communicating with a stranger online.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick ______
     a.  wood bee daters
     b.  wouldn't daters
     c.  wooden bean daters
     d.  would-be daters

2)  It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and ______
     a.  falsely identities
     b.  false identity
     c.  falsely identifies
     d.  false identities

3)  The criminals pose as potential partners and contact people ______
     a.  seeking romance
     b.  seek in romance
     c.  sea king romance
     d.  seek king romance

4)  After a period of correspondence, they start asking their ______
     a.  victim of money
     b.  victims for money
     c.  victim for money
     d.  victim four money

5)  They use many different kinds of ______ reasons
     a.  excuse is and
     b.  accesses and
     c.  excuses and
     d.  excesses and

6)  The police force in London reported 3,900 people ______
     a.  be in scammed
     b.  bean scammed
     c.  been scammed
     d.  being scammed

7)  The average amount of money ______ $12,500
     a.  they lost was
     b.  they lost were
     c.  they lose was
     d.  them lost was

8)  More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims ______
     a.  been female
     b.  being female
     c.  being the male
     d.  be in free mail

9) crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often far outweighs ______
     a.  the financial loss
     b.  the financial losses
     c.  the financial lost
     d.  the financial lose

10)  He added that to be safe, people should ______ their guard
     a.  all ways be on
     b.  always be on
     c.  all ways been
     d.  al way speed on

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a (1) ___________________ Internet for those looking for love. Criminals are trying to trick people (2) ___________________ letters and romantic language. Conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick (3) ___________________ into their scam. The pack is available online and only costs a few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and (4) ___________________. This is all that is needed to pretend to be someone looking for love. The criminals pose as potential partners and contact people seeking (5) ___________________ sites. After a period of correspondence, they start asking their victim for money. They use many different (6) ___________________ and reasons why they need money.

The police force in London reported 3,900 people being (7) ___________________ 2016. The average amount of money they lost was $12,500. The (8) ___________________ the victims was 59 years old. More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims being female. A senior police officer described the damage (9) ___________________ victims. He said: "These crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often (10) ___________________ financial loss. He advised people against giving strangers money. He said: "Never give money to people (11) ___________________, no matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that to be safe, people should always be on their guard when communicating (12) ___________________ online.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of language are the scammers using?
  2. How much are the "scam packs" used by the scammers?
  3. What kind of templates do the "scam packs" include?
  4. Who do the criminals pose as?
  5. What is there a period of before the scammers ask for money?
  6. How much did the average person lose to scammers in 2016?
  7. What was the average age of the victims?
  8. What far outweighs the financial loss of being scammed?
  9. What kind of stories did a policemen tell people not to listen to?
  10. What did a policemen say people needed to be to stay safe?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of language are the scammers using?
a) nasty language
b) coded language
c) romantic language
d) computer language

2) How much are the "scam packs" used by the scammers?
a) a few dollars
b) they are free online
c) $9.99
d) hundreds of dollars

3) What kind of templates do the "scam packs" include?
a) Word templates
b) love-letter templates
c) heart-shaped templates
d) website templates

4) Who do the criminals pose as?
a) models
b) long-lost friends
c) matchmakers
d) potential partners

5) What is there a period of before the scammers ask for money?
a) activity
b) calm
c) correspondence
d) three weeks

6) How much did the average person lose to scammers in 2016?
a) $15,200
b) $12,500
c) $12,200
d) $15,500

7) What was the average age of the victims?
a) 19
b) 29
c) 49
d) 59

8) What far outweighs the financial loss of being scammed?
a) the embarrassment
b) emotional damage
c) the future
d) faith in human beings

9) What kind of stories did a policemen tell people not to listen to?
a) long stories
b) sob stories
c) fairy tales
d) tall stories

10) What did a policeman say people needed to be to stay safe?
a) on guard
b) on tip-toe
c) on edge
d) on something

Role play

Role A — A Museum

Role A – A Museum You think a museum is the best place for a first date. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Disneyland, a romantic restaurant or karaoke.

Role B — Disneyland

Role B – Disneyland You think Disneyland is the best place for a first date. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a museum, a romantic restaurant or karaoke.

Role C — A Romantic Restaurant

Role C – A romantic restaurant You think a romantic restaurant is the best place for a first date. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Disneyland, a museum or karaoke.

Role D — Karaoke

Role D – karaoke You think karaoke is the best place for a first date. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Disneyland, a romantic restaurant or a museum.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'online'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'dating'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 2016
    • 59
    • 61
    • far
    • never
    • guard
    • those
    • easily
    • only
    • pretend
    • pose
    • kinds




    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 - People lose money in online dating scam

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'love'?
    3. How dangerous are Internet scams?
    4. What Internet scams do you know about?
    5. How good are you at creating romantic language?
    6. What do you think of love letters?
    7. What do you think of online dating?
    8. What do you think of the scammers?
    9. How easy is it to believe scammers?
    10. How can people send money to a stranger online?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'dating'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What advice do you have for people who want to find love online?
    5. Is it easier to find love online?
    6. What emotional damage do these scams do?
    7. Have you ever had any bad experiences online?
    8. Do you ever tell people sob stories?
    9. Are you always on your guard when you are online?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a scammer?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There is a new (1) ____ on the Internet for those looking for love. Criminals are trying to (2) ____ people by using old love letters and romantic language. Conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-(3) ____ daters into their scam. The pack is available online and only costs (4) ____ few dollars. It includes love-letter templates, photos, videos and false identities. This is all that is needed to pretend to (5) ____ someone looking for love. The criminals pose as potential partners and contact people seeking romance on dating sites. After a period of correspondence, they start asking their victim for money. They use many different kinds of (6) ____ and reasons why they need money.

    The police (7) ____ in London reported 3,900 people being scammed online in 2016. The average (8) ____ of money they lost was $12,500. The average age of the victims was 59 years old. More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims (9) ____ female. A senior police officer described the damage the scams do to victims. He said: "These crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often (10) ____ outweighs the financial loss. He advised people (11) ____ giving strangers money. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that to be safe, people should always be (12) ____ their guard when communicating with a stranger online.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     scram     (b)     scrum     (c)     scum     (d)     scam    
    2. (a)     tricked     (b)     tricky     (c)     trickster     (d)     trick    
    3. (a)     love     (b)     be     (c)     have     (d)     do    
    4. (a)     the     (b)     two     (c)     a     (d)     little    
    5. (a)     is     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     being    
    6. (a)     excuses     (b)     excused     (c)     accuses     (d)     accused    
    7. (a)     fierce     (b)     force     (c)     fleece     (d)     farce    
    8. (a)     amount     (b)     volume     (c)     stash     (d)     bank    
    9. (a)     was     (b)     being     (c)     are     (d)     been    
    10. (a)     for     (b)     afar     (c)     far     (d)     fir    
    11. (a)     anti     (b)     not     (c)     against     (d)     never    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     on

    Spelling

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    (    )     of excuses and reasons why they need money.

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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. on   People   their   should   guard  always   when  be  communicating  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The police force / forced in London reported 3,900 people being scammed online in 2016. The average amount / volume of money they lost was $12,500. The average age of the victims was 59 years age / old. More women than men were / was scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims been / being female. A senior police officer described the damage the scams have / do to victims. He said: "These crimes destroy lives and the emotional / emoticon damage often far / for outweighs the financial loss. He advised people against giving strangers money. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no / not matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that to be safe, people should always be in / on their guard when communicating with a stranger online.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there is a new scam on the internet for those looking for love criminals are trying to trick people by using old love letters and romantic language conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-be daters into their scam the pack is available online and only costs a few dollars it includes love-letter templates photos videos and false identities this is all that is needed to pretend to be someone looking for love the criminals pose as potential partners and contact people seeking romance on dating sites after a period of correspondence they start asking their victim for money they use many different kinds of excuses and reasons why they need money

    the police force in london reported 3900 people being scammed online in 2016 the average amount of money they lost was $12500 the average age of the victims was 59 years old more women than men were scammed with 61 per cent of the victims being female a senior police officer described the damage the scams do to victims he said "these crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often far outweighs the financial loss he advised people against giving strangers money he said "never give money to people you meet online no matter what emotional sob story the person uses" he added that to be safe people should always be on their guard when communicating with a stranger online

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ergivemoneytopeopleyoumeetonline,nomatterwhatemotionalsobst
    orythepersonuses."Headdedthattobesafe,peopleshouldalwaysbeon
    theirguardwhencommunicatingwithastrangeronline.

    Free writing

    Write about online dating for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Meeting face to face is better than online dating. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about online dating. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ONLINE DATING: Make a poster about online dating scams. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DATING CONMEN: Write a magazine article about online dating conmen getting 20-year prison sentences. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on online dating. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to always be on your guard. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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