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Feb 12, 2014 15:52:26   #
impatient knitter (a regular here)
 
I just got an email from a funeral home in Florida, offering me their condolences on the passing of my "...dear and closest friend." There was going to be a funeral service on Feb. 13, at 2:30 p.m., and in order to get more information to "click on this link." CLICK ON THIS LINK????? I don't THINK so.

First, they didn't identify my "dear and closest friend" by name. Second, I don't know anyone in that particular part of Florida. Thirdly, tomorrow we are getting the new storm that's plaguing the southern states even as I type this. So, even if I DID lose "my dear friend," how is the world would I get to Florida tomorrow, when there won't be any planes flying out of most airports here in the East during this storm???

Anyone else received this kind of email? All I can think of is the husband who yells to his wife, "I won the Australian Lottery!" and she yells back, "Did you ENTER the Australian Lottery?" Hmmmm.....
 
Feb 12, 2014 15:54:35   #
babsbarb (a regular here)
 
Nearly everyday in my spam folder I see the topic you have $xjxjxjxj dollars coming to you. Every day it is a larger amount. I just dump it and all the 20+ others.
Feb 12, 2014 16:07:00   #
granjoy
 
I'm paranoid about clicking on links, if it's an obvious scam it gets deleted straight away and now even on KP I type the link into my browser bar unless it is a site I have been on before! Don't even know if that makes a difference, but it makes me FEEL safer....?
Feb 12, 2014 16:11:55   #
LinJurm
 
Oh dear, what will they think of next?!?!?
Feb 12, 2014 16:13:13   #
Nancy S.
 
Please don't click on a link that you do not know who is sending it. On some of the links you could be opening up your computer to various bugs that can destroy your hard drive on your computer. If I don't know who it is from, I hit the delete button.
Feb 12, 2014 16:15:48   #
margoc (a regular here)
 
Just saw a news report on this yesterday. Hackers are using a funeral home in south Texas as the basis for this scam. Not clicking was very smart as it does install a virus. The funeral home has been gets TONS of calls since mid-January when this all started.
 
Feb 12, 2014 16:22:04   #
nnyl
 
We have a problem here, where burglars are breaking into homes during a funeral. They read the daily paper to find out who died and then ransack the house while they are at the funeral. Always keep your eye and ears open even for neighbours that are attending funerals. Lynn
Feb 12, 2014 16:26:28   #
impatient knitter (a regular here)
 
margoc wrote:
Just saw a news report on this yesterday. Hackers are using a funeral home in south Texas as the basis for this scam. Not clicking was very smart as it does install a virus. The funeral home has been gets TONS of calls since mid-January when this all started.


Apparently, they're jumping states, as this came form a funeral home in the Clearwater, FL area.

I "dared" to click on that large, green "Download Now" (or Here) that shows up here on KP from time to time. You cannot IMAGINE the trouble I had trying to get rid of it. Finally tried "avast! Antivirus." It took 4 hours to "clean" my computer, but it DID! So there's NO WAY I'm going to fall for anything like that ever again.

The most important part of that commercial about winning the "Australian Lottery" was the wife who yelled back to him, "Did you ENTER the Australian Lottery?" gives one pause to think: This "close and dearest friend" whom they were extending they're condolences over....if she was so "dear" and "close," wouldn't some of her relatives have contacted me by now?
Feb 12, 2014 16:59:00   #
Sherry1
 
My husband and I both got one last week....delete, delete!
Feb 12, 2014 17:08:59   #
Caroline Currer
 
Thank you for the posting. I keep telling my husband KP is far more than just about knitting and here is proof!
Feb 12, 2014 17:34:22   #
granjoy
 
nnyl wrote:
We have a problem here, where burglars are breaking into homes during a funeral. They read the daily paper to find out who died and then ransack the house while they are at the funeral. Always keep your eye and ears open even for neighbours that are attending funerals. Lynn


Most of the funeral notices in our papers here don't print an address for sending condolences for this reason. Cards etc are sent to the family care of the officiating funeral home. In our neighbourhood we let each other know if we are not going to be home and keep a good eye on each others houses.
 
Feb 12, 2014 17:43:39   #
impatient knitter (a regular here)
 
granjoy wrote:
Most of the funeral notices in our papers here don't print an address for sending condolences for this reason. Cards etc are sent to the family care of the officiating funeral home. In our neighbourhood we let each other know if we are not going to be home and keep a good eye on each others houses.


We used to have a family friend or relative stay our house if we were going to a funeral. I used to work for a newspaper, and I DID take death notices. We advised ALL the funeral homes NOT to list the home address of the person who died. I, personally, would NOT print it in any death notices I took.
Feb 12, 2014 17:47:41   #
nnyl
 
Actually our papers don't print addresses for anyone either.
So, I don't know how they find out, unless there is someone in a Funeral Parlour that is in on the scheme. Lynn
Feb 12, 2014 17:59:49   #
impatient knitter (a regular here)
 
nnyl wrote:
Actually our papers don't print addresses for anyone either.
So, I don't know how they find out, unless there is someone in a Funeral Parlour that is in on the scheme. Lynn


If it's done through email, the info is gleaned like everything else, from sites you've gone to, things you look up to buy, etc. It doesn't have to involve anything "death" related. You're just a name and an email address. If these people buy, say, 100,000 names and email addresses, and only 1% "fall" for the scam, that's 1000 people! And you can be SURE they're buying lots more than 100,000 names and email addresses at a time!

The more people are aware, the fewer scams will "work." It's like a famous comedian's sign at the beginning of his very long driveway: "If you weren't invited, you're not welcome." If I didn't request your email (or know who sent it, etc.), then I'm not opening it. PERIOD.

I just got an email from my own sister YESTERDAY, with a subject line that said, "Hey, check this out." Just those simple words....words my sister NEVER would use, EVER, and she'd never say "Hey"!! Did I open it? Nope. She has my "snail-mail" address AND my phone number. She knows how to get in touch with me!
Feb 12, 2014 21:36:42   #
granjoy
 
impatient knitter wrote:

I just got an email from my own sister YESTERDAY, with a subject line that said, "Hey, check this out." Just those simple words....words my sister NEVER would use, EVER, and she'd never say "Hey"!! Did I open it? Nope. She has my "snail-mail" address AND my phone number. She knows how to get in touch with me!


THAT is scarey!! I've had several of the ones where someone on my email address list has sent me a letter requesting funds as they are supposedly stranded in Malaysia after being mugged.....yeah, right!! DELETE!!
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