The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is warning people of a scam email that suggests victims have cancer.
Police are advising people not to worry after a number of reports of emails containing threats to kill are a hoax.
The email with the header "important blood analysis result", tells people that Nice has been sent a sample of their blood for further research.
The emails ask victims to download and print out “test results” from an attachment which is likely to contain malware. If you receive one of these emails, delete it, do not download the attachment and report it to us.
Example scam email
Dear (users email)
We have been sent a sample of your blood analysis for further research. During the complete blood count (CBC) we have revealed that white blood cells is very low, and unfortunately we have a suspicion of a cancer.
Wite Blood cells: 1200 Low
Hemoglobin: 12 Normal
Platelets: 19000 Low
We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your family doctor as soon as possible
Likely to cause distress
Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive: “A spam email purporting to come from NICE is being sent to members of the public regarding cancer test results.
This email is likely to cause distress to recipients since it advises that ‘test results' indicate they may have cancer. This malicious email is not from NICE and we are currently investigating its origin. We take this matter very seriously and have reported it to the police.”
For further information please visit the Nice website.
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