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CONSUMER ALERT: Malware Linked to Fake Funeral Notice Emails
February 17, 2014

Media Contact:  Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
 

MADISON – Be aware of a new email scam that uses fake funeral announcements as a way to infect your computer with malicious software (malware). The emails include limited information, noting only that an upcoming service will be held for a “friend” and providing a link for more details. If you receive a similar email, delete it immediately.

Under no circumstances should an email recipient click the link in the email. The link will direct the browser to a foreign website where a .zip file will automatically be downloaded. If this .zip file is opened, malware will be installed onto the victim’s computer.

An email received by a Wisconsin resident fraudulently claimed to be from Eubank Funeral Home & Cremation Services, a legitimate company in Texas. The company has placed a warning message on the homepage of its website to warn the public about this scam and the misuse of its name. Similar emails in this scam may use the names of other businesses.

For more information or to file a consumer complaint, visit datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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Link to .pdf version of full news release:  02.19.14_CA-FakeFuneralEmails.pdf
 
Screenshot image of a fake funeral email that a Wisconsin consumer received: