Bogus Funeral Notification Emails

Miyuki

Administratrix
Staff member
From http://www.eubankfh.com/

Urgent Warning: Urgent Warning: A FAKE funeral notice appearing to come from Eubank Funeral Home is circulating. It is NOT from Eubank Funeral Home. Please DO NOT OPEN the link as it is SPAM and may contain MALWARE. We regret this has happened. PLEASE DO NOT CALL US TO REPORT THIS. Thank you.
 

Sphinx

Administrator
Staff member
Hubbell Funeral Home targeted in phishing scam using death notification emails

Alex Hobson
Feb 28, 2014

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/r...phishing-scam-using-death-notification-emails

.....The business has seen a major interruption because of it. Three weeks ago, their phone started ringing like crazy and it hasn't stopped.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the scammers are hiding behind funeral homes to get people to click a link which then places malware on their computers, spreading the phishing scam.

"I've actually been at home at night and literally have gotten a call from a soldier in Afghanistan. We've gotten calls from people in the Pentagon," Hubbell said.

Hubbell said he reported the scam to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

He hopes no one else falls for it.

To help spot email scams, the BBB released the following tips:


Don’t believe what you see. As in the example above, scammers can easily copy a real business’ colors, logo and even email address.
Hover over links to check their source. Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear.
Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
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.
Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
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.
To read more about the scam go to: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/02/hit-delete-on-new-fake-funeral-email-notices/#sthash.R10CzOc2.dpuf
 
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