Be SAIF, Be aware of the latest scam affecting funeral directors

December 11, 2014   //   No Comments

SAIF Business Centre has received a warning from Mark Mason at Mason’s Independent Funeral Directors in Weston-super-Mare about an email from Nigeria.

The email is asking for a quotation for a repatriation arrangement from Lagos, Nigeria.  The aim of this scam is not to swindle money out of the company being contacted, but to confirm that the email address is a live address.  By responding to the email, your email address is verified and will then be used, potentially enabling the originator to corrupt your email system.

Mr Mason is the third person to have received this type of email, outlined below.  As usual, if it sounds dubious, it probably is, so DO NOT RESPOND.

ATTN:DIRECTOR     Dear Sir/Mam   My name is Paul Roland,i learn that you do render funeral and burial services, i will like to make an enquiry for repatriation arrangement for my Dad that Just passed away,his body is currently with a Mortuary in west Africa,Lagos – Nigeria and i need your assistance with repatriation as well as burial arrangement for my Dad. I have already made a contact with the mortuary director were the body is presently embalmed in Nigeria,they told me that they need a mortuary here in my country to contact them in order to make an arrangement on the corpse delivery. At this point, i will need you to call or email the mortuary director in order to get a quote price for sending the corpse over to your care through Airfreight. As of now, am currently in Los Angeles,California,am on a business trip and i want you to get back to me via  email with total price quote for the whole arrangement.