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Identity Theft

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again about identity theft and identity protection by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: Hey, Brandon. What are you doing?

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

Woman: Really? Yeah. That would be really helpful.

Man: Yeah and I'm signing up right now.

Woman: Wow. Let me see that.

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

Woman: Wait, wait, wait. [ What? ] I thought you said it was free.

Man: It IS free.

Woman: Then, why do they need your bank and credit card information?

Man: Well, you know, it's just, you know, just . . . just to check your identity or something like that. But, but it's all free. What?

Woman: That doesn't sound free to me.

Man: Well, you don't understand.

Woman: It sounds pretty fishy to me. How do you know that this is a trusted Web site. Look. That doesn't look like a secure URL.

Man: Well, you don't understand. Look. It says right here on their page. Right here: "Our goal is help you learn. Trusting us. We knows how to help you in 15 days or below." What? What?

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.

Man: No, no, no, and look. Here is a picture of some of their staff. And they look honest. Hey . . .

Woman: You're so gullible.

Man: Hey, hey. What are you doing?

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

Man: You just don't understand.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • improve (verb): make something better
    - I'm going to improve some towels through the dryer. Do you have anything you want to put in?
    - Do you know how to run this copy machine? I can't figure it out.

  • sign up (verb): put or write your name on a list to join something
    Are you going to sign up for math class this semester?

  • identity (noun): the name of a person, who you are
    - You can protect your identity better by not sharing your birthday and mailing address online.

  • fishy (adjective): untrue or dishoest
    - Be careful. This advertisement looks a little fishy. I mean, how can this company give you a free vacation to Hawaii just for testing their products?

  • secure (adjective): safe, protected from danger
    - Please make sure the house is secure before you leave today.

  • gullible (adjective): easily fooled, tricked, or cheated
    - You are so gullible. I can't believe you bought on the Internet without seeing it first or getting the real name of the seller.

  • fall for (verb): be fooled by something
    - I can't believe that you fell for that false advertisement. You are so gullible. You'll never get your money back.

  • scam (noun): a dishonest way to makemoney by fooling someone
    - This Web site on getting a free education online is only a scam to get your money.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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