BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Phishing (with ‘ph’) is one of those words that’s become popular as we use the internet more and more. It’s the name of a particular kind of fraud on the internet.
Rob and Feifei are in the office. He’s been busy deleting some emails. Feifei is curious to know what they are. Listen to the programme to find out.
Delete! Delete! Delete!
Rob? Why are you so annoyed? And what are you deleting.
Can’t you see, Feifei? I’m checking and deleting my emails and … all this phishing!
I thought you liked fishing, Rob. You always show us pictures of all the big fish you’ve caught.
No. Fishing with an ‘F’ is good but phishing with a ‘ph’ is not!
So you’re deleting all the ‘ph’s? All the spelling mistakes?
It’s not a spelling mistake. Phishing – with ‘ph’ – is one of those words that’s become popular as we use the internet more and more. It’s the name of a particular kind of fraud on the internet.
Yes. It’s what we say when someone sends you an email pretending to be a reputable company or person hoping you’ll respond and give them your personal information. They want things like your bank account number, password, that kind of thing.
Oh! So the email is a bait!
Yes, exactly. ‘Phishing’ with ‘ph’ is today’s expression in The English We Speak. Let’s hear some examples of how it’s used.
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!
So now you know what kind of phishing I was talking about!
Yes. They wanted your bank details, but we’re not taking their bait, are we?
No, we’re not. Definitely not!
Hmmm, I think I have some of these phishing emails in my inbox too.
So let’s get rid of them all! Come on!
Delete! Delete! Delete! Bye!
The English We Speak – Phishing Transcript Video
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