Social media lures and scams

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Recently, columnist Patrick Lagacé announced that he had been deceived by one of his contacts on Facebook. The life of her friend Kim Laurin was invented from scratch. Let's find out about the different types of scams that social media has in store for us.
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“Patrick Lagacé has thousands of Facebook“ friends ”. He befriended one of them, Kim Laurin, with whom he exchanged many messages. He was not the only one. But Kim Laurin was not really Kim Laurin. Welcome to the world of friendship 2.0. ”
Source: La
The following activities will allow, among other things, to understand the situation experienced by Patrick Lagacé and other Quebec personalities by accepting Kim Laurin's Facebook invitation. Other types of lures and scams will also be covered in the activities.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Understand the situation experienced by columnist Patrick Lagacé, victim of a lure on Facebook;
- Reflect on the intentions of the person behind Kim Laurin's false identity;
- Identify different types of social media scams;
- Understand the importance of confidentiality on social networks;
- Design a tool to raise awareness of the confidentiality of accounts on social media;
- Discover a decoy on social media orchestrated by the CBC network.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Analyze the situation experienced by Patrick Lagacé

First, ask the students if they have heard of columnist Patrick Lagacé's “fake” Facebook friend. Invite the students who know about the news to summarize it for the other students.
Then invite the students to read Patrick Lagacé's column relating the situation on Facebook.
My friend Kim
La Presse, September 23, 2014
Then, as a whole class, discuss the situation reported by the chronicler.
Here are some questions to get the discussion going:
- Did Patrick Lagacé know Kim Laurin before adding him to his Facebook contacts? Which sentence indicates that he did not know her?
- Why does the columnist not personally know the majority of his Facebook contacts?
- What does the following sentence mean: "Kim didn't look out of place with her friends or mine." "?
- How does Patrick Lagacé present virtual friendship?
- When did the columnist realize that Kim Laurin's Facebook profile was completely wrong?
- What are the clues that led Patrick Lagacé to the conclusion that Kim Laurin did not exist?
- What was the girl's real identity in the photographs used by Kim Laurin?
- How does Jean-Thomas Jobin explain the actions of the person hiding behind Kim Laurin's profile?
- Why do you think a person wants to create a virtual life for himself?
- Why does the columnist want to take a virtual break?
- Why only foreign students used e-mail in the 1990s?

ACTIVITY 2: The different types of lures and scams

There are different types of social media lures and scams. Ask students to name a few examples.
Then, in order to discover other types of scams, invite students to consult this Think Cyber Security program webpage from the Government of Canada.
Finally, ask students to correctly associate different types of scams with their respective definitions.

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ACTIVITY 3: Cybersecurity and privacy on social media

Cyber Security Awareness Month is held annually in October in Canada and the United States. This year, the Think Cybersecurity program is being put forward by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney.
In a press release, the Minister recalls this important fact: “Almost one in five young Canadians does not know how to comment on the use of privacy settings in their social media accounts. "
Source: Minister Blaney launches Cyber Security Awareness Month at Cyber Conference
With this in mind, as a whole class discuss the importance of privacy on social media.
Finally, invite students to create social media account privacy awareness tools. Divide the class into several teams of 3 or 4 students. The teams will then have to choose to develop one of the following tools using the resources of their choice: poster, form, presentation software, various applications on the Web, audio or video capsule, etc.
Social media account privacy awareness tools:
- Questionnaire to assess the degree of confidentiality of a Facebook account;
- Tutorial to make your Facebook account more secure;
- Advertising campaign to reflect on the importance of confidentiality;
- Tips and tricks for choosing a secure password.

For further

All types of lures are possible on Facebook. A few days ago, a CBC sketch lured many Internet users since the false news had been shared more than 40,000 times on social networks. So invite the students to discover the decoy created by the CBC.
CBC satirical sketch on invisible art lures internet users
Radio-Canada, September 26, 2014

More about the magazine

Think cybersecurity
Government of Canada Program
I protect my identity on the Internet
Quebec Information Security Institute (ISIQ)
Set up the confidentiality of your data on social networks
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