ALERT—BBB Warns of Funeral E-mail Scam
Better Business Bureau sent a warning today:
We hope that no one gets mixed up or confused by the tactics the bad guys are always trying to perpetrate on the vulnerable… NEVER click on suspicious links or give out any personal information! Please take a moment now to ensure your devices are protected with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware programs. There are many good, FREE utilities if you do not have one actively protecting your system.
- BBB Warns Consumers About Fake Funeral Notification
BBB Warns Consumers
About Fake Funeral
BBB contacted the funeral home, who indicated they were aware of the malicious emails, but were not aware where they originated. It is believed the individual(s) sending the emails hijacked what sounded like a trustworthy business name. The company has since placed a notice on their website.
Impostor scams can be conducted by email, phone calls, or at your door. Scam artists pose as companies, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and friends and relatives to gain access to your financial dataor personal information— sometimes installing malicious viruses on your computer along the way.
“Although impostor scams are nothing new, they are becoming more sophisticated ”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “One common thread with many scams is the attempt to evoke emotion – fear, excitement, and in this case, alarm and compassion – so that the potential victim does not make logical decisions,giving the schemer access to the information they are seeking.”
BBB suggests the following tips for consumers to stay safe online:
- Protect your computer and your personal information from malware with a firewall and an anti-virus program; update those programs regularly.
- Update your operating system and web browser software regularly.
- Protect your passwords. Keep them in a secure place. Create passwords that have at least eight characters and use numbers, symbols and letters. Do not use the same password for each online account that you have.
- Back up important files.
- Never click on links or download attachments from individuals or organizations you don’t know.
- If you received this email and clicked on the link or downloaded attachments, your computer information may be compromised. Immediately run anti-malware and anti-virus programs, forward the email to ic3.gov, and contact a reputable computer repair technician to further examine your computer for issues.
For more tips on how to be asavvy consumer, go to bbb.org. To report fraud or unscrupulous businesspractices, call the BBB Hotline: (903)581-8373.