Scammers hit rock bottom; now sending fake “funeral notices”

Scammers will stop at nothing to try to separate people from their money and identities. Now comes a new champion of low-class scam activity: the funeral-home notice.

In the most recent iteration of “malware” scams, hackers are sending bogus emails with the subject line “funeral notification,” according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). “The message appears to be from a legitimate funeral home, offers condolences, and invites you to click on a link for more information about the upcoming ‘celebration of your friend’s life service,’ says the FTC. “But instead of sending you to the funeral home’s website, the link downloads malware to your computer.”

Malware “phishing” tricks people into clicking on bogus software sites where their computers are infected with damaging viruses, key logging programs, or other devious code.

For more information, visit the FTC’s post here. To file a complaint, go the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

(Originally published by the Clarion-Ledger on 2/12/14.)

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