Fred J Potters & Son funeral services in Broken Hill have been supporting Far West families for over 100 years. They’ve had to change with the times, but keeping up with rapid technical advancements means also keeping up with online scammers who are now taking advantage of vulnerable mourners.
Livestreaming of funeral services allows people dealing with the death of a loved one to invite friends and family to join them via an online platform if guests are unable to attend a funeral service in person. Scammers are now creating fake Facebook accounts to invite unsuspecting mourners to join the funeral service via a fake link where personal information can be accessed.
Fred J Potters & Son Managing Director Chris McInnes told the Barrier Truth that three families have contacted him in the last week about the scam, which has left him dumfounded by the callous nature of this cowardly attack on people mourning the loss of a loved one.
“We’ve only just become aware of this scam,” said Mr McInnes. “Three families have contacted me just in the past week, so we’ve posted a warning message on the Fred J Potter & Son Facebook page telling people to only join the livestreaming platform via the View Service tab on our website.
“Scammers are clearly taking advantage of people in our community during a very vulnerable time so we’re reminding everyone that they will never receive an invitation from Fred J Potter & Son to become friends on Facebook in order to watch the livestreaming of a service.”
“The funeral industry may not be the most tech savvy at times but we’re using our Facebook page to warn people about what’s going on.
“We will never provide a link on Facebook to livestream a funeral service,” reminds Mr McInnes. “Services that are livestreamed by us can only be viewed from the official Fred J Potter & Son website at https://fjp.com.au”
Barrier Police urge Facebook users to always be vigilant of fake accounts containing links that can lead to fraudulent activities online.
PICTURE: Fred J Potters & Son Managing Director Chris McInnes, PRISCILLA McINTOSH