Funeral benefit scams on the rise, FEMA says


April 5, 2021


Families of COVID-19 victims should beware of scammers seeking to register them for funeral assistance, warns the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA announced a new benefit on March 19 that will reimburse family members of people who died of COVID-19 for funeral costs.

On its website, FEMA reports an uptick in scammers contacting family members offering to help them get assistance.

FEMA said it does not contact people prior to them registering for assistance and has not sent any notifications out about the benefit.

FEMA reimburses up to $9,000 per funeral for COVID-related funeral costs incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, with some restrictions.

To learn more, go to tabonline.org/covid-funerals.


By TAB Media staff

  • David Garrard Magic