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Michigan AG warning public about obituary pirates [Video]

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(WWJ) — Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michiganders about a new type of scammer preying on the vulnerable: “obituary pirates.”

The AG’s office says scammers are targeting victims of recently passed loved ones by using personal information found in obituaries.

“Posting online death notices heavy with personal information about the deceased could put that person, as well as their survivors, on the radar of fraudsters and opportunists,” Nessel’s office said in a press release.

In obituary scams, victims are targeted “because they are either deceased or emotionally vulnerable from the grief of losing a loved one.” In either case, the AG’s office says, the victims are unlikely to be monitoring their accounts for unauthorized activity.

Nessel’s office says scammers use details about the deceased that are shared online can “easily be gathered by criminals to purchase even more personal data” from the dark web. That includes the deceased person’s …

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