There have been a number of emails purportedly coming from Hubbell Funeral Home in Florida (which is an actual Funeral Home) stating that it is a Death Notice with the following type message:
“We would like to express our deepest sorrow for the untimely death of your beloved friend and inform you about the life service celebration that will take place at Hubbell Funeral Home on March 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m….”
or some similar time and date. There is a link for you to click to get more information. DO NOT click the link!
The Federal Trade Commission has previously warned about the funeral-home scam:
“Scam artists are forever trying to trick people into clicking on links that will download malware to their computers. But the latest scam takes the trick to a new low.”
According to Robert Anglen with The Arizona Republic, “The link on the death notice takes consumers to a foreign domain where malicious software is downloaded. It takes only seconds for a computer to be compromised, and clicking on the link is enough to expose most computers. Malware can include viruses and spyware designed to damage computers and record keystrokes, capturing passwords and account numbers, credit information and other personal information stored on hard drives.”
On initial online checking, the funeral home appears to be legitimate. These scammers are very clever using an actual business name. They have also used the names of other funeral homes that are real businesses.
Most funeral homes will not send out emails. If they need to reach an individual, they usually pick up the phone and call. So if you should receive such an email, please DO NOT click the link. Just delete it. If you are concerned that you may have lost a friend or loved one, it is far safer calling the funeral home directly.
Please be safe and share this information.