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?


steal someone’s heart” = cause someone to fall in love
James stole Maria’s heart with his powerful romantic music on his guitar.”

five-finger discount” = shoplift or steal good from a store
Brian said he got a five-finger discount on his shoes, but that was completely wrong. He should return them.”

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.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

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?