Global View - E-mail Scam (C0359)

A:  I got an urgent email from Tom! He says he is in London and got robbed and needs us to wire him some money for his hotel.
B:  What? That sounds really dodgy tome.
A:  No way, Tom is an honest person, he wouldn’t lie tome.
B:  No I mean, it seems like someone may have hacked his email account and sent that out. I mean think about it, why would he email you instead of calling you.
A:  Do you really think someone is trying to scam people into sending money?
B:  For sure! There are so many con artists out there, you never really know.

Key Vocabulary

get robbedto be victim of a robbery, something stolen
wireto send money electronically
dodgyquestionable, suspicious
hackto gain access illegally or without authorization
scamto swindle (someone) by means of a trick
con artista swindler who exploits the confidence of his vict

Supplementary Vocabulary

swindleTo cheat or defraud of money or property
Ponzi Schemeis an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors.
conto persuade by deception
Frauda person who makes deceitful pretenses
Piratea person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.

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