General Listening Quiz

"Identity Theft"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate identity theft protection man - woman 01:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

Identity theft is a rising problem, and as a result, there are some of the dangers of using the Internet when you shop for things like clothing, electronics, or other personal items?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man is looking at a Web site that helps people improve their _______ skills.

Man: Oh, You'll like this. It's a new Web site that helps you improve your writing skills for free.

According to the man, how much does the Web service cost?

Man: Oh, You'll like this. It's a new Web site that helps you improve your writing skills for free.

The Web site asks for the man's name, birthday, and _____ information.

Man: Yeah. It's easy. You just enter your name, your birthday, your address, your bank information. [ What? ] Your credit card number.

The woman feels that the Web site can't be trusted because ____.

Woman: That's terrible English. Who wrote this? What country are they in? You need to help THEM with their English. I mean, this is a sure sign that they are trying to probably steal your personal information and your identify.

The woman _____ to protect her brother from the Web site.

Woman: I'm shutting down your computer. I can't watch my own brother fall for a scam like this.

Post-Listening Exercise

Which of these things would you do or not do on the Internet? Explain your ideas:

  • Buy a car
  • Rent a car
  • Make a reservation for a hotel room
  • Find someone to date and marry
  • Order a pizza
  • Pay government taxes
  • Purchase clothing

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find out tips on these topics:

  • What are the warning signs of an Internet scam?
  • What things can you do to protect yourself from such danger?
  • What should you do if you become a victim of identity theft?
  • What Web site services exist to protect consumers from identity theft?