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We’re hearing about a new scheme that involves imposters preying on people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The imposters pretend to be from the funeral home and say that, unless the family pays more money immediately, the funeral will be canceled. Can you imagine anything more despicable?

If there was a Scammers Hall of Shame, this one would make the Top 10 List, without question.

Here’s how to spot and avoid this scam:

Resist the pressure to act immediately. Honest businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.

Contact the funeral home directly. Use a phone number that you know is real, not one you got from the scammer’s text, email, or phone call.  If you don’t know it, you’ll find it on the General Price List you got from the funeral home.

Know how scammers tell you to pay. Scammers want to get your money immediately, and in a way that makes it hard to track them down and hard for you to get your money back. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a wire transfer, cryptocurrency, or a gift card. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.

If someone tried to rip you off, report it to the FTC at

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Lisa Dykes
June 15, 2023

Thanks for telling us about the scam

Richard Lee
June 15, 2023

Yes, this is true. A very close friend just lost a family member. I was so shocked to see and hear about all the ghastly non-sense associated with the person's passing. The deceased individual was a member of law enforcement. That apparently made the entire scam situation worse. An individual from India created and posted fake news reports on YouTube. Fake websites designed to trick people popped up in Google search results. "Despicable" is an appropriate term. Thank you to the FTC for watching out for us.

June 15, 2023

I’m glad that I signed up to receive these alerts. I’m sharing with my family and friends.

Joanne S
June 16, 2023

They also call and say they are with the funeral home and want to make sure all of the information on the death certificate are correct. But they are not the funeral home.

June 20, 2023

I appreciate your article. It's not always as simple as "Use a phone number that you know is real, not one you got from the scammer’s text, email, or phone call." If a consumer's browser is affected by scammers, and unbeknownst to consumer, the consumer is led to believe that the number shown through a search engine is, in fact, legitimate. I experienced a situation just yesterday (06/16/2023) whereby I telephoned Bank of America disputes 877-337-8389 as advertised within a personal checking account, logged in secure with authentication. The callback option offered in lieu of hold time prompts a Voip callback. I was able to gain trust with Voip caller who confirmed she was NOT with Bank of America, but with a company in Nevada. When I asked her if it was Apeiron, she said yes and hung up. Consumers NEED to be aware that spoof, scams, etc happen EVEN if they call a number shown as a legitimate number

Frank Flores
July 03, 2023

My Gmail account is hacked & my family's....can Gmail or call cuz the people copy cat are voice & identity....

Keith Ridley I…
August 14, 2023

We are saddened to learn of this....
In Metro Washington,DC
For over 5 generations since the mid-1870s our goal as bereavement care ministers has always been to serve every family that calls upon us with the greatest and hightest levels of professionalism and respect during there most trying life hours.

Pamela Cain
August 24, 2023

I had a scammer call me immediately after the death of my husband in 2006 and tell me he was his insurance agent from a past job (places employed is in the obituary). He said unless I provided a charge card immediately my husbands coverage he had paid for years would be canceled. Scammers are cruel, greedy people. I told the funeral director and they said they now refuse to provide any info to people on the phone because scamming widows was big business.