Staffordshire resident are being warned to be on their guard against malicious a hoax email suggesting the recipient has cancer.
The spam email, which pretends to come from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is titled ‘important blood analysis result’ and tells the recipient a sample of their blood was sent to NICE for further research.
It claims the recipient’s white blood cell count is very low and there is ‘a suspicion of cancer’. The email tells the recipient to print out an attachment and visit their doctor.
Staffordshire GP Dr Julie Oxtoby said: “A malicious scam like this could be very upsetting for the person receiving it so we need to get the message out there as quickly as possible that it is not from NICE.
“It may be that those behind the fake email are trying to obtain password information from the recipient’s email account. We are advising anyone who receives it to delete it without opening it or clicking on any of the links."
Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of NICE, said the matter was being taken very seriously and police were investigating.