Scam Alert: Malware linked to fake funeral notice e-mails

Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 --- 11:56 a.m.

State officials are warning consumers about an e-mail scam that uses fake funeral announcements to infect your computer with malware.

The e-mails (an example is pictured above) note only that an upcoming service will be held for a “friend,” along with a link for more details.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection say that if you receive a similar e-mail, delete it immediately. Do not click the link in the e-mail.

The link will direct your Web browser to a foreign website, where a .zip file will automatically be downloaded. If the .zip file is opened, malware will be installed onto your computer.

One e-mail received by a Wisconsin resident claimed to be from Eubank Funeral Home & Cremation Services, which is a legitimate company in Texas. The company has since put a warning on their website to warn the public about the scam.

Similar e-mails may use the names of other businesses.

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