DOCTORS in Burton today condemned ‘malicious’ emails sent to patients – telling them they could have cancer.
Charles Pidsley, chairman of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, urged them to ignore and delete the ‘very upsetting’ hoax emails which suggest people could have the deadly illness.
Dr Pidsley said: “All scams like this are malicious. They could be very upsetting for the people receiving them, especially if they are feeling vulnerable or have had a blood test.”
Police have now launched an investigation into the origin of the emails.
Cancer survivor Amanda Ford, who had both breasts removed as part of her battle with the disease, hit out at the scammers.
The 44-year-old, who lives in The Belfry, Stretton, said: “I was shocked to hear what has been happening and it truly is a disgusting and cruel act. I can’t believe that people would want to do something so heartless.
“Hearing that you have cancer is one of the most tragic things that can happen and this scam is playing with people’s lives.”
Mrs Ford, who underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, urged people across the town to ignore the email
The email, which purports to come from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), is titled ‘important blood analysis result’.
It goes on to say the recipient’s white blood cell count is very low and there is ‘a suspicion of cancer’.
It is believed that those behind the fake email are trying to obtain password information from the recipient’s email account.
Dr Pidsley, speaking on behalf of the East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “I would like to reassure patients that this is not from NICE.
“Information of this nature would never be shared in this manner.”