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Funeral Scam Sends Fake Notices to Family and Friends

March 11, 2014

Scheming on fake funeral emails is hitting a new low for scammers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scam artists are sending fake funeral notifications and offering their condolences, even setting up a time and date reading in the subject line, “Celebration of your friend’s life service.”

Fake Funeral EmailThis new scam is targeting loved ones trying to trick people into clicking on the spoiled link, causing a virus to activate in their computer once the message is opened and the malicious software is downloaded.

“Scam artists are forever trying to trick people into clicking on links that will download malware to their computers,” the FTC said in a statement. “But the latest scam takes the trick to a new low.”

The new low tricks you into opening the website in your email, which causes a virus or spyware to be downloaded onto your computer, ultimately leading to a crash or allowing someone else’s eyes to monitor your online activity. This is serious as malware can be used to steal personal information, according to the FTC.

Stay on the lookout for such emails, which can appear to have a name and logo just like a real funeral home in your area, making this situation all too real as you go through a difficult time, or so you think is the loss of a loved one.

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