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Scammers may try to exploit the families of El Paso shooting victims by claiming to be charities or funeral directors and demanding money, authorities have warned.
Families of 31 victims are mourning their loved ones after the gun rampage at Walmart on Saturday and the FBI now fears the vulnerable relatives could be targeted by con artists.
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The Bureau has told relatives to 'beware of unscrupulous individuals' who phone them posing as funeral organizers or medical examiners, saying such calls are 'likely a scam'.
Relatives who receive suspicious calls are urged to extract as many details from the caller as possible before reporting them to police.
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'DO NOT give them any money, and contact the El Paso Police Department or FBI El Paso,' the FBI's Twitter account said.
Genuine funeral arrangements are being handled through Operation H.O.P.E. El Paso, the statement said.
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In a separate warning, the Department of Homeland Security has urged people to be wary of emails purporting to be about the Dayton and El Paso shootings, which killed a combined 31 people.
Scammers may ask for donations to fake charities or dupe people into opening malware on their computer, the DHS believes.
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'Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the shootings, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources,' officials warned.
'Fraudulent emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites.
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'Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations are common after tragic events.
'Be wary of fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to these events.'
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Users should avoid clicking on links in unsolicited email messages, the DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said.
El Paso authorities have opened a grief center to help families access mental health care in the wake of the massacre.
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