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Scammers using obituary notices to acquire new victims

Steve Ragan | Feb. 18, 2015
Family and friends of high-profile individuals seen as easy marks.

Note:The victim in this scam contacted a friend and shared the emails, fully convinced that the entire situation was a setup. Their friend, who works in the information security sector, contacted XSS for assistance in reporting the scam to the proper authorities.

This process was completed late last week. However, neither law enforcement, nor the ISP, can comment on any actions that were taken after the initial complaint was filed. While there's hope the person responsible for this scam will be caught, it's possible that they'll fade away and disappear, a harsh reality when it comes to Web-based scams.


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