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FTC Complaint Against SCI for Multiple Price Lists

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestApril 17, 2001 Myra Howard
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20508 Dear Myra, Apparently, Service Corporation International (SCI) is now selling funerals to veterans via mail. See the enclosed sales material being sent to California vets. Read more

Funeral Insurance Scam

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestBeware of anything called funeral “insurance.” INSURANCE – A formal social device for reducing risk by transferring the risks of several individual entities to an insurer. The insurer agrees, for a consideration, to assume, to a specified extent, the losses suffered by the insured. Read more

Corporate Preneed Sales Tactics

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestSales tips from one of the big-three, anonymously leaked to the FCA office: How often do you ask a prospect for the order? The answer, “One more time.” You should be prepared to ask at least four to five times. Read more

SCI Preneed

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestIs SCI’s Marketing Plan
Set to Gouge the Poor? In press articles that appeared in Phoenix, Arizona and Louisville, Kentucky papers on October 19, 1999, SCI launched a new marketing plan—”Dignity” funeral packages. Read more

Barbara Osborne Sues Batesville Casket

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestThe Jig Is Up (The following is an excerpt from the casket chapter in “Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love,” available through the FCA bookstore.) There is no amount of embalming or any particular casket that will preserve a body in a life-like condition forever. Read more

Pittsburgh Catholic Funerals

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPittsburgh Catholic Funerals Pennsylvania law states:   Funeral Director Law, PS 63: 479.2 . . . The term “funeral director” shall also mean a person who makes arrangements for funeral service and who sells funeral merchandise to the public incidental to such service or who makes financial arrangements for the rendering of such services and the sale of such merchandise. Read more

Rock of Ages- Monumental Greed

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestRock of Ages Now that it is a publicly-traded company, it would seem that the Rock of Ages monument folks have abandoned their Vermont heritage and are opting for the ways of the money-hungry city-slickers. Their advice to the dealers they sell to: Set your prices at four times the cost. Read more