Hit Delete on New Fake Funeral Email Notices

March 26, 2014

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

Accordingto the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers report they are receiving bogus funeral announcements that contain alink to enable the recipient to supposedly download a “funeral invitation.”

Theemail may look legitimate; with a subject line of “funeral notification” and themessage appears to be from a funeral home and invites you of an upcoming“celebration of your friends life service.” However, the links within theemail direct the recipient to a foreign domain and malware, malicious softwareor a virus used to monitor online activity, including capturing logininformation and passwords, is downloaded onto the recipient’s computer. Malwarecan wreak havoc on your computer, make it crash, access your contacts and sendSPAM mail in your name, as well as commit fraud and steal personal information.

The emails do not addressthe recipient by name.  If you receive such an announcement, do not clickon any links within or reply to it.  Instead, call the funeral home to seeif the notice is legitimate.

BetterBusiness Bureau offers tips to avoid email scams:

  1. Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
  2. Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
  3. Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
  4. 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.
  5. Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
  6. 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.


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