Email scams that infect your computer with malware now include fake funeral notices.
Nat Wood of Federal Trade Commission says the notices, which aren’t personalized, ask you to click a link to get information about a “friend’s” upcoming funeral service. If you click the link, your computer becomes infected with malware that can steal information that’s stored on it. Wood says the scam email has been sent to millions of people in the United States since January 2014.
FTC says you shouldn’t open any email that’s from anyone whom you don’t know. If you suspect that an email funeral notice might be real, Wood says, you should call the funeral home that’s listed in the header of the email notice, without opening the email itself, to be sure.