I just read “A Funeral Fraud” on The New Old Age (The New York Times blog on issues related to aging) and felt it was important to share. The more people know about this new scam the fewer people who will become victims.
“The subject line of the email usually says something like “funeral notification” or perhaps “your friend’s memorial service.” It appears to come from a funeral home, maybe even a real funeral home.
When you open the email, the message extends condolences and provides a link to use to learn more about “the celebration of your friend’s life,” or similar wording. It doesn’t mention a name, but the phrases themselves are enough to make you wonder: Who died?
Alert from the Federal Trade Commission: This is a scam, recently hatched and circulating widely. Clicking on the link loads malicious software onto your computer, allowing the scammers to steal personal information and passwords, to gain access to accounts and to spam others on your list of contacts. Delete the email and don’t — don’t — click on the link.”
For more information you can also read “FTC: Scammers Hit New Low by Sending Fake “Funeral Notices“.