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.
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:
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