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This Is What Happens When You Reply To Spam Email (B2-D)

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

  • Warm-Up: Spam vs. Scam
  • Speaking 1: Unsolicited Junk Mail
  • Speaking 2: How Spammers Obtain Email Addresses
  • Speaking 3: Identifying Clues
  • Speaking 4: How To Spot Spam
  • Speaking 5: What To Do With Spam and Scam Email
  • Speaking 6: Email Scams & Phishing Emails
  • Watch: What is phishing?
  • Watch: This Is What Happens When You Reply To Spam Email
  • Vocabulary 1 The Verb GET
  • Vocabulary 2 Phrasal Verbs with GET
  • Grammar: Continuous Forms
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever