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Teaching about Scams

It was with interest that I listened to another staff member tell me about the interesting email he had recieved inviting him to take part in a survey with one of or largest grocery chains in Australia. Thinking this could be interesting to share with my classes to teach authenticity of websites, I shared it with my classes this week -even my grade 4/5 ICT class. It worked really well with students enthausiastically sifting through the pluses, minuses and interesting components. (The active link has been removed so that others may not be mislead).

Here is the email:- (Note that this was the url but warning! http://www.huangdengfu.com/pps/Customer_Survey.html)

From: Woolworths Supermarkets [mailto:morningp@consolidated.net]
Sent: Tuesday, 30 October 2012 4:05 PM
Subject: Customer Satisfaction Survey!
Importance: High

You have been selected to access the Woolworths 5 questions Survey and win a $50.00 gift certificate.

Please click here and complete the form to receive your reward. Thank you.

This is an automated message. Please do not reply.Message Id: 0019268154-wmrtsrv.


Here is what it looked like:

  1. I printed off the email msg below and got some classes to read the email and highlight anything that caught their attention. What was interesting, what was a little concerning etc. We then discussed as a class.
  2. With another group, they drew up a table in MS Word with the headings plus, minus and interesting. Under each heading they added their findings. They were given 5 minutes to do this. Then discussed as a group.

We also discussed why the clickable link was a potentially dangerous option. I did click on the link after warning them. This took me to the survey form. Below are two screen shots of the actual survey. Students read this, then talked about the interesting aspects of it and the authenticity of the site.


There were so many discussion points arising from this email

  • authentication
  • personal identity
  • how to protect personal identity
  • potential dangers of clickable links
  • scams, phish, potential outcomes of clicking on suspicious links
  • vulnerable people etc

Please feel free to use the screen grabs, but take care with any clickable link and do not submit that survey form or click on next.


Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking webinars this week!

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Phishing, scams, online security and more

When: Tuesday, May 3rd, 4 to 5 pm Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) (This may be Monday May 2nd for other time zones.)

Topic: The recent scams and security leaks involving Sony Play Station brings to the fore issues with online security. This session will be a general discussion amongst participants. Discussion will centre on ways to keep secure online, examples of scams and phishing  and approaches to take when we are phished and scammed! How do we tackle this in the classoom?

Come join along and join in the conversations. If you have any examples of phish, scams or security issues please bring them along to share.

Click on this link to join this session.

etalking – Trait or Skill

When: Wed 4th May 8-9pm Melbourne Australia time  (gmt+10)

About the session:– The following question was raised by @bctech on twitter this week:- Is digital citizenship now considered part of “character” education? Trait or skill ? Discussing this question will form the basis of eT@lking this week. 

Discussion will be centred around Digital Citizenship, its meaning and impact for those who are online. Is it a trait or skill and as such  does it need to be taught, how can it be taught, etc.

Bring along your experiences, ideas and questions and share in the conversations.

Let the emailer beware!

Horror of all horrors! Being rather tired and frayed around the edges at the end of a long day, I was at home checking my emails when I found a reminder email to befriend a good online colleague of mine in tubely. Without really thinking I started to register for this site. Now, I did google it and the first search came up with the fact it was safe and that it filtered out unlikely characters!

So, I proceeded to answer  the questions and foolishly gave my gmail address and password! Yes….. foolishly!

Password? Password? Alarm bells went off! I immediately, went into my gmail account settings and changed my password. Within minutes, I got an email from another good friend saying that she wanted to be friends in real time and not befriend me on a site like that. Eoww! I knew tubley had succeeded in phishing through my account in that short period between changing my email password and giving them my details

Lessons to be learnt!

  1. Be on guard at all times!
  2. Always spend time searching out the content of a site before joining.
  3. Never, ever share your password with your email account
  4. If you should do so, immediately change your password.

The  eT@lking webinar started soon after. The presenter mentioned an email from google requesting personal details.

A tweet soon appeared on tweetdeck. Another trick Gmail phishing scheme http://bit.ly/gOBJyJ || RT @TNW @KevinMinott @AnnTran_ @2cre8

One final word from my students when I told them about this:-” Mrs Murch, you shouldn’t have done that! Give them false details next time” At least I  have taught them well!

Please take care and beware! What scams or phish have you been caught with? What advice would you give?