Phishing 網絡欺詐

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Rob: Delete! Delete! Delete!

Feifei: 怎麼這麼生氣,Rob?刪什麼呢?What are you deleting?

Rob: Can』t you see? I』m checking and deleting my emails and … all this phishing!

Feifei: I thought you liked fishing, Rob. 你不是特別喜歡釣魚嗎?You always show us pictures of all the big fish you』ve caught.

Rob: No, Feifei. Fishing with an 『F』 is good but phishing with a 『ph』 is not!

Feifei: So you are deleting the 『ph』s? All the spelling mistakes?

Rob: It』s not a spelling mistake. Phishing – with 『ph』 is one of those words that』s become popular with the internet. It』s the name of a particular kind of fraud on the internet.

Feifei: Fraud?

Rob: Yes. It』s what we say when someone sends you an email pretending to be a reputable company or person hoping that you』ll respond and give them your personal information. They want things like your bank account number, password, that kind of thing.

Feifei: Oh. 『Phishing, p-h-i-s-h-i-n-g 網絡欺詐。現在有些人假扮有信譽的公司或者個人通過發送電子郵件騙取我們的個人信息,尤其是想獲取我們的銀行賬號和密碼。

Rob: Yes. 『Phishing』 with 『ph』 is today』s expression in Authentic Real English.

Feifei: Indeed. 今天《地道英語》裏我們要學習的短語就是 phishing 網絡欺詐,而不是 fishing 釣魚。

Rob: Let』s hear some examples of how it』s used.

Examples Our bank never sends emails to clients asking them to reply to a message confirming their password. I』m afraid you』ve been a victim of phishing, sir.

I』ve just received an email informing me that I won the lottery. They want my bank details to deposit the prize. But I』ve never entered the lottery. This must be phishing!

Rob: So now you know what kind of phishing I was talking about!

Feifei: Yes. They wanted your bank details, but we』re not taking their bait, are we?

Rob: No, we』re not. Definitely not!

Feifei: Hmmm, I think I have some of these phishing emails in my inbox too.

Rob: So let』s get rid of them all! Come on!

Both: Delete! Delete! Delete! Bye!

Rob: Delete!