Cyber criminals looking to infect your computer with malware have hit a new low with a fake funeral e-mail that’s making the rounds.
The Better Business Bureau issued a nationwide warning about this new trend. An e-mail will arrive in your inbox that looks like this:
It appears to come from a funeral home and reads, “We offer our deepest prayers of condolence and invite you to be present at the celebration of your friends life service.” Then it asks the reader to click on a link for more details about the service.
The link will take you to a foreign domain that contains malware that can hijack your computer and steal your personal information.
The appearance of the e-mail may vary with scammers using familiar funeral homes in your area. These crooks hijacked the name of a funeral home in Texas recently. The Eubank Funeral Home has received nearly 100 complaints a day about these e-mails in the past two months. The funeral home was forced to take its phone number off its website and post this disclaimer.
These crooks were clever, actually using the same colors and type styles of the actual funeral home website.
To protect yourself from tricks like this, make sure you always have your virus and malware protection up to date. And, as always, be suspicious of unusual e-mails with links or attachments. Especially those that say you have to take some kind of immediate action.