Hit delete on new fake funeral email notices

Email users are increasingly savvy about spotting scam messages. So scammers are always on the hunt for new ways to evade the “delete” button. This scam email, disguised as a funeral notification, reaches a new low.

How the Scam Works:
You receive an email with the subject line “funeral notification.” The message appears to be from a funeral home in Texas, but it could be from anywhere. The email invites you of an upcoming “celebration of your friends life service.” The email looks real. It uses the business’s actual colors and logo.fake funeral

The email instructs you to click a link to view the invitation and “more detailed information about the farewell ceremony.” But instead of pointing to the funeral home’s website, it sends you to a foreign domain. Scammers place malware on these third-party websites that downloads to your computer, giving scammers access to information on your machine.

As usual, watch for scammers changing up this con. They may hijack a different funeral home’s name and/or change their message.

Tips to Avoid Email Scams:

  • Spot common email scams no matter the circumstances, by following these tips:
  • Don’t believe what you see. As in the example above, scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
  • Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
  • Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they’ve originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
  • Ignore calls for immediate action. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.

You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and report it to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.

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One response to “Hit delete on new fake funeral email notices

  1. Mark Burrows

    Now, that just wouldn’t work with me. First of all, I am not a big fan of funerals. Second, if someone close or important to me had passed away, I would certainly get a phone call, or if it was an email it would come directly from either a family member or another friend.
    Face it, some things just are not done by email. Think about it. Can you imagine receiving a wedding invitation by email? How tacky would that be? Sure, it’s okay to RSVP by email, but the invitations are always posted. If someone sent me a wedding invitation via email, I wouldn’t go just for the principle of it. I do enjoy weddings, as long as I am not paying for them.

    Mark Burrows

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