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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Cumbria doctors' warning over fake cancer diagnosis emails

CUMBRIA doctors are warning patients to be on their guard following a spate of spam emails targeting people in the county.

The emails claim to have been sent by NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - however this is a malicious email and has not been sent by NICE, your GP or any other NHS organisation.

The spam email has been sent to people across England, and NICE is advising people who have received the email - the subject line of which is important blood analysis result - to delete it without opening it and not to click on any links.

The fake email states: “Further to your recent blood tests the results of your full blood count have indicated your white blood cells are low which could indicate cancer.”

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Medical Director, Dr David Rogers said: “A number of patients from different parts of Cumbria have contact their GP practices after reciving this spam email, which has caused concern and distress.

“We would like to confirm patients across Cumbria that this email is malicious, and that NICE are currently investigating where it is coming from and who is responsible.”

Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive said: “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.”

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