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April 22, 2016: Obituary Scams Target Grieving Families

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Coping with a death is difficult enough and made even worse when criminals try to exploit a family member’s grief.

In the obituary scam, thieves scan death notices in the local newspaper and call the deceased’s relatives, demanding money to pay off a purported unpaid debt.

Crooks also target widows and widowers by posing as messengers and delivering items to their doorstep, claiming their late husband or wife made the purchase before he or she died.  They then demand immediate payment.


  • Put only necessary details in the obituary
  • Hang up on unsolicited calls
  • Do not accept any unknown items from messengers

For more information on scams that target seniors, go to the Elder Abuse/Financial Fraud pages of the District Attorney’s website ( or

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