Too many funeral homes are ripping off their customers

Published: Wednesday, July 31 2013 4:49 p.m. MDT

One in five funeral homes are likely ripping off their customers, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission.

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One in five funeral homes are likely ripping off their customers, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission.

Time.com contributor Josh Sanburn reports that despite recent crackdowns on abuses in the funeral home industry, “manipulative practices continue at a strikingly high percentage of funeral homes.”

This isn’t simply an unfortunate display of opportunism, it's actually illegal.

As Sanburn points out, in 1984 the FTC passed a law called the Funeral Rule, which, among other things, bars the aggressive selling of services not required by the law, such as embalming.

“It took two decades for the federal government to implement the 1984 Funeral Rule to crack down on some of the industry’s practices,” Sanburn wrote last Friday. “But even with the 30-year-old rule in effect and the threat of financial penalties, a significant number of homes still don’t appear to be complying.”

Read more about funeral home scams on Time.com.

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