There are a lot of people out there who use someone's death as an opportunity to illegally make money. Often, they do it by lying to and stealing from the deceased's surviving loved ones.
These scams are often perpetrated with information the family published in an obituary. Sites like Legacy.com give families the opportunity to tell a loved one's story after they're gone, list their accomplishments and extol their virtues. Often this involves mentioning places they've worked and lived, family members (and where they live) -- and even the deceased's beloved pets. They talk about where the deceased went to school and their favorite vacation spots.