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1. Introduction to Avoid Online Scams

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Online scams are an increasingly common risk on the internet.

Unfamiliar people may contact you online or by phone to buy, sell, send or receive something, or request personal information.

This can happen during common internet activities, like using email, social media, shopping, and web payment services.

If you’re not careful, you might lose money, property, or sensitive personal information to scammers, or install harmful software on your device.

You can protect yourself from these situations by learning how to recognize the warning signs of an online scam.

You can help others avoid scams by reporting the scammers and contacting law enforcement.

In this lesson, you will follow a story about a real situation that happened online.

You will work with a group to decide what to do and learn how to stay safe online.

Hey, I’m KaMar Galloway, a program manager at Google.

I love sneakers.

I’ve been collecting sneakers for a long time, and sometimes I even buy and sell them online.

I recently wanted to sell a pair of sneakers on an internet auction site.

I listed them and waited for people to bid.

A buyer contacted me and offered me even more money than the selling price.

I was surprised, but it was a great offer, so I agreed to work with the buyer to sell the shoes.

Keep watching to find out what happened next.

During this lesson, you’ll follow KaMar’s story to learn whether or not he decides to sell his sneakers to the buyer.

KaMar’s story will help you recognize the signs of a scam and help you teach others how to avoid them.

This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any word processing application, or even on a piece of paper.

As you complete this project, you will: Create and share a document, Digitally collaborate with classmates, Apply different heading and text styles, And create bulleted lists.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com.

If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one.

Then, get into groups of four and gather around one computer.

To begin, have one student open Google Drive, create a new document, and rename it.

Then, add a title.

Next, share it with each group member and give permission to edit.

This means the people you share with can make changes directly in the document.

You will first work as a group and then break off to work on your own computers throughout the lesson.

Move on to the next video to continue KaMar’s story.

Now, it’s your turn: Form groups, Create a new document, And share the document with each group member.


  1. Form groups.
  2. Create a new document.
  3. Share the document with each group member.