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Funeral Scam

Scammers target the elderly with “special deals” via phone or email. They promise full funerals for very little money. The scammer wants to convince you or your family that they have a great funeral deal for you or someone who has recently passed. The scammer pretends to represent a legitimate funeral home or cemetery. They try to make you feel guilty about not pre-planning or caring enough about a loved one.

Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Funeral Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Funeral Scam Clues
  • Why is a funeral home calling me with a limited time offer? Do they know something I don’t about my state of health?
  • If it is a limited time offer, that is a form of a high-pressure tactic called urgency.
  • Where did they get the information about my recent loss?
Funeral Scam Defence
  • If you receive an email, don’t click on a link.
  • If you receive a phone call, hang up.
  • When you feel pressure, hang up. Never buy funeral services or grave sites from someone you didn’t call. Always call a funeral home or cemetery directly and ask about deals, promotions and prepaid services.
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