Fake funeral notice scam "cruel and heartbreaking" - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Fake funeral notice scam "cruel and heartbreaking"

Posted: Updated:

CANTON (KYTX) - A disturbing scam hits an East Texas funeral home. 

Criminals are sending fake notices claiming to be from Eubank Funeral Home all around the world, to get access to personal information. 
 
The scam starts with an email subject that will make your heart drop: "Funeral notification."
Once you open the email, you see what looks like a legitimate Eubank Funeral Home logo. 

Part of the email offers condolences for the loss of your friend.. Another will invite you to click a link to see the funeral invitation. Once you do, the scammer wins. Malware is downloaded to your computer, and your personal information is compromised.

"It's really a despicable trick," says Eubank Funeral Home General Manager Brian Bass.

"It's heartbreaking and angers me that someone would use our name and our color scheme from our web site to send out these emails. It's not from us. Our web site and our contact list have not been compromised," Bass says.

Bass has placed a notice on the company's web site. Eubank is a small funeral home in Canton, but now people all around the world know it's name. 

"We've had lots of phone calls from the New England states, California, Wyoming, a couple from Canada, one or two from Australia," Bass says.

How is it this email has spread as far as Australia? Well, once you click on the link, scam artists have access to you entire contact list. 

The danger of imposter scams like this, is they harp on your emotions, so they're quick to spread and hard to stop.

Bass is asking you to take advice from the Better Business Bureau.

"If you're not sure who's sending you the email just delete. Don't open," he says.

That will keep your information safe, and will save Bass hundreds of more phone calls and distraction from grieving families he's serving.

The Eubank staff has asked that if you get this email, please don't call them to report it. They have a short staff and are trying to serve local families.

If you have clicked on the link, run anti-malware and anti-virus programs on your computer and call a trusted computer technician.
  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Korean War Monument Unveiled

    Korean War Monument Unveiled

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:49:31 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Jesus Perez joined the Air Force in 1951 and went to Korea a year later, but he says many people overlook the war he fought. "A lot of people forget about this," Perez said. "You look at the history books and there's one little sentence. Not a paragraph. Just one little sentence."On Saturday morning, the Central Texas chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association set out to fix that with the unveiling of a new monument. It was an emotional moment that brought back memories for vete...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Jesus Perez joined the Air Force in 1951 and went to Korea a year later, but he says many people overlook the war he fought. "A lot of people forget about this," Perez said. "You look at the history books and there's one little sentence. Not a paragraph. Just one little sentence."On Saturday morning, the Central Texas chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association set out to fix that with the unveiling of a new monument. It was an emotional moment that brought back memories for vete...More >>
  • Thousands of Hispanic Youth Descend on Waco for 50th Annual Congreso

    Thousands of Hispanic Youth Descend on Waco for 50th Annual Congreso

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:19:28 GMT
    (KCEN)-- More than 5,000 Hispanic Baptist youth are in Waco for 50th Annual Congreso. It's the largest annual gathering of Hispanic Baptist young people in the state of Texas. This is the sixth yearMore >>
    (KCEN)-- More than 5,000 Hispanic Baptist youth are in Waco for 50th Annual Congreso. It's the largest annual gathering of Hispanic Baptist young people in the state of Texas. This is the sixth yearMore >>
  • BBQ Joints and Backyard Grillers Feel the Heat of Rising Meat Prices

    BBQ Joints and Backyard Grillers Feel the Heat of Rising Meat Prices

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:31:15 GMT
    (KCEN) – If anyone knows BBQ, it's Roy Hamilton. The 79-year-old has been around it his entire life. It's who he is. His father started Maurice's Pit BBQ in Harker Heights back in 1951, and now the fingerMore >>
    As you get ready to dust off those grills, be prepared to pay more. Beef and pork prices are skyrocketing just in time for BBQ season.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.