Fraud and scams

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Fraud and scams

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Recognising the risks of fraud can keep personal information safe

This activity encourages young people to identify different types of fraud, using scenarios to explore consequences and ways to keep their personal information secure.

Use the steps below to complete this activity with your young person, or they can complete the activity using the student worksheets provided for independent learning, with the option to go through their work with you once they finish.

Identifying fraud and scams

There are lots of different terms for frauds and scams. Ask your young person to read about some of the most common ones here.

The three case studies below feature examples of financial fraud and scams. You can read them through and answer the questions about each one together or ask your young person to complete the worksheet independently.

  • How was the fraud or practice carried out?
  • What signs could the individual have spotted to stay safe? Examples could include: being asked for their bank details, being offered money by a stranger/individual, items available for a low price from an unofficial company
  • What could they do differently next time? Examples could include: not revealing personal or financial data, verifying whether links in emails are legitimate by contacting the company directly, not opening email attachments from unknown sources
  • Which scenario poses the highest financial consequences? The answer is ‘deets and squares’ because Priya has acted illegally. This is also known as being a money mule

Your young person can explore more on managing money and financial security here.