In a popular obituary scam, the con artist begins by searching obituaries from the local paper looking for a recent widow. A messenger then arrives at the home of the recent widow with a cash-on-delivery package. The messenger claims that the recently deceased spouse ordered it, and requires immediate payment.
Only after paying for the package, when the messenger is long gone, does the victim open the box and discover that it contains old magazines or newspapers that are worthless.
To avoid the scam, don’t be afraid to ask for more information (i.e. where package is from, etc.) so you can look into it before accepting delivery. A legitimate delivery service will give you information so you can make a decision about accepting the package. If you are still not sure, then don’t accept the package.