Friday, March 7, 2014

Warning: "Death Notification" phishing email

I just received a new variation on the standard phishing email, and it's sophisticated enough that I'm posting this warning about it. Here's what the email looks like [adjusted to fit the blog's space], although I have disabled the link:

     Simply Compassionate
   Death notification

We would like to express our deepest sorrow for the untimely death of your beloved friend and inform you about the life service celebration that will take place at Hubbell Funeral Home on March 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Please follow this link to get funeral invitation.
Please be there to honor the memory of your friend with her closest people.

Our best wishes and prayers,
Benjamin Booker,
Funeral home assistant
99 North Indian Rocks Road | Belleair Bluffs, Florida 33770
Phone 727-584-7671 | Fax 727-584-1073

The subject line says "Death Notification" and the sender, in my case, was "Hubbell Funeral Home",

A few things flag this as phony - the language is a bit stilted, and the timing of the email is odd, and the lack of the loved one's name - but I could easily see this one fooling people into clicking the link.


  1. Thanks for the quick heads up. My girlfriend just got this

  2. Thanks I just got this also.

  3. You need a heads up to tell you this is a scam?

  4. Anonymous 10:48 AM-
    If I'm not paying attention, yes.