Undoubtedly, the internet, Smartphones and the digital age generally have brought amazing benefits to so many people. Yet they have also brought cyber-thieves, unscrupulous people who thrive on taking advantage of security lapses and stealing money, passwords and secrets. It’s a hot topic and one well worth being able to talk about and explain!

In this Podcast, you will learn:

(i) To raise concerns about a suspicious WeChat message

(ii) How to talk about security in cyber space


Two colleagues are discussing a suspicious message:


(zài bàn gōng shì)

(at the office)


Āi, xiǎo Zhāng, zǎo shàng wǒ péng you gěi wǒ fā lái yī tiáo wēi xìn, shuō tā xiàn zài yù shang má fan, xiàng wǒ jiè qián, bǎ zhàng hù hào mǎ dōu fā guò lái le. Wǒ jué de zhè tè bié bù xiàng shì wǒ zhè péng yǒu de kǒu qì ai.

Zhang, my friend sent me a WeChat message. He said he is in some trouble now and wants to borrow money from me. He even sent me the account number. I think that this doesn’t sound like him at all.


Nǐ méi gěi tā zhuǎn qián ba?

You didn’t transfer him the money, right?


Hái méi you.

Not yet.


Qiān wàn bié zhuǎn! Nǐ péng yǒu de wēi xìn hào kě néng bèi dào le, zhè jí yǒu kě néng shì piàn zi fā de qī zhà xìn xī!

Don’t transfer it! Your friend’s WeChat account has probably been hacked. This is most likely a fraud message from a cyber-thief. I received once before. Now there are a lot of cyber-thieves around. Be vigilant!

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

网络欺诈:cyber fraud

微信:WeChat message

遇上:meet, come across


借钱:borrow/ lend money

账户号码:account number

不像:not like

口气:tone; a breath; something someone implies

转钱:transfer money

千万别:absolutely don’t do something

被盗:got stolen, got hacked


极有可能:extremely likely

欺诈信息:fraud message



警惕:alert, vigilance

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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