Cruel Scam Targets Families on The Day of a Loved One’s Funeral

February 20, 2024
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The Gist: Georgia residents are facing a cruel scam where fraudsters pose as funeral directors on the day of a loved one’s funeral, attempting to steal credit card information under the guise of selling funeral insurance.

The Details: The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office warns of a new low in scams: criminals contacting grieving families on the day of a funeral, pretending to be funeral directors. They claim that the family needs to purchase funeral insurance immediately and request credit card details. The sheriff’s office advises anyone receiving such a call to hang up and contact their funeral director directly to verify any claims.

The Big Picture: Scams targeting vulnerable individuals, especially those grieving, are not new but represent a disturbing trend of fraudsters exploiting personal tragedies for financial gain.

Why It Matters: This scam not only poses a financial risk to individuals but also inflicts additional emotional stress on families already coping with loss. Understanding and recognizing the signs of such scams is crucial to protect oneself and loved ones during vulnerable times.

What You Can Do: Verify any unexpected requests for money or personal information by contacting service providers directly using verified contact information. Additionally, report suspected scams to local authorities to help prevent further victimization.

What’s Next?: The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies continue to monitor and inform the public about emerging scams, emphasizing the importance of community vigilance and awareness.

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