Interactive Monday: Spam Slam Scam

Feb 03, 2019
Interactive, Identity Theft

This week's interactive comes courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission (thanks to the teacher at Salt Lake City FinCamp who share this with us):

It's a quick three question game that will teach your students: 

  • Steps you should take if you receive spam
  • How to avoid being scammed if you receive spam
  • Applying critical thinking to determine the types of messages that are spam

One additional extension might be to have students highlight one example of spam that they have received in the last week.

  • How did you know it was spam?
  • What action is the spammer hoping that you will take?
  • What persuasive techniques is the spammer using to try and get you to act? 


Want to do more to protect your students from other financial pitfalls? Check out all of our resources on this topic here


 The Interactive Library has over 50+ interactives and worksheets to ensure learning takes place. 


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.