If you receive (or have received) an email regarding cancer with the subject line “Important blood analysis result,” then be warned that this is reportedly a hoax message.
The email will purportedly be from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), with the official address spoofed, but as the BBC has reported, this health watchdog has come forward and said that these messages – which tell recipients they are suspected of having cancer, very cruelly – are fakes.
Recipients are told to print an attachment off and visit their doctor with it.
While NICE doesn’t know how many of these mails have been distributed, apparently they have been receiving a lot of calls over it, so the number is thought to be in the thousands. Naturally enough the matter has been reported to the police.
The CEO of NICE, Sir Andrew Dillon, commented: “This email is likely to cause distress to recipients since it advises that 'test results' indicate they may have cancer.”
He added that NICE is currently trying to trace the perpetrators, and advised anyone receiving the email to delete it without opening the missive. If you have opened it and/or clicked any links, then you’ll want to run a virus scan on your machine asap.
Scams like these are nothing new, of course – and will always use some manner of attention grabbing subject to lure recipients into opening the message. A fake cancer scare is a low blow even for phishing scammers, mind…