Lesson: THE GREAT PIANO SWINDLE (C1-C2)

  • Listening to excerpts from a documentary film
  • Reading a text about an art hoax
  • Vocabulary relating to frauds and scams
  • Vocabulary to describe an artist’s career
  • Softening a sentence using hedging language

1. Have you ever received an email that begins like this?

Greetings to you my friend,

You may not have heard of me but I request your co-operation in commencing a business relationship with you. My name is Gloria Emanuel Abuja, daughter of the late Prince Abuja of Nigeria.

Before my father’s murder by government agents in May of last year, he deposited $34,000,000,000 in a bank here for safe keeping. I am seeking a reliable and trustworthy partner to assist in transferring these funds, and my contacts have recommended that I appoint you as an Executor. As recompense for your involvement, I will make you an offer of 25% of the total amount, namely $6.1 million US dollars.

How did you react? Or how would you react, if you were to receive this type of email?

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