Warning over scam e-mail which claims patients 'may have cancer'

Published date: 14 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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HEALTH bosses are warning about a scam e-mail which has been circulating in the region.

The e-mails which claim to be from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, have been sent to people in North Wales, as well as other parts of the UK.

The emails advise the recipient they have received the results of their recent tests and they indicate they may have cancer.

Those who receive the e-mails should not open any attachments and delete it.

Prof Matt Makin, Medical Director at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “This is a particularly cruel scam which targets people who may be anxiously waiting for results if they have had medical tests recently.

"The emails are going out across the UK, and we know from local GPs that some of their patients in North Wales have been getting them.

“Because of the large numbers of bogus email being sent, just by chance some of them are bound to end up going to people who have been having medical tests or treatment recently.  

"But NICE do not get involved in the care of individual patients, so any members of the public who get an email from them should delete it straight away.”

A spokesman from NICE said: "We are aware that a spam email is being sent to members of the public regarding cancer test results. Please be assured that this email is not from NICE and we are currently investigating its origin.

"If you have received the email, do not open the attachments."

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