Public urged to ignore hoax cancer email

People in North Kirklees who may have received a scam email claiming to be from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) telling them they have cancer have been told to ignore it and delete it.

The email, which has been sent to some patients in the North Kirklees area, is sent from a fake email account with the subject ‘Important blood analysis result’ and says the results of the patient’s blood test reveal possible signs of cancer and asks the recipient to click on a link for further information.

Clicking on the link then infects the patient’s computer with a virus.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG, said: “Emails like this are likely to cause great distress to patients, but we strongly advise anyone who receives it to delete it immediately and not click on any of the links contained within it. Test results for cancer are never sent by email and this email is a hoax which should be ignored.”

NICE have confirmed the email has been received by people across the country, including Liverpool, East Sussex, Derbyshire, Bolton and Birmingham but does not come from them and they are working with the police to investigate the origin.

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