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Service ‘inundated’ with calls over hoax

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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HEALTH bosses have revealed they have been ‘inundated’ with calls after an email was sent to people across Burton telling them they could have cancer.

Representatives of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which the email was purporting to be sent from, has been reassuring people who have been getting in contact with them.

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.

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“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.”

It said the spam attack was not caused by hacking, as the organisation does not hold any kind of patient data.

NICE is advising people who have received the email to delete it without opening it, and not to click on any links as it may contain a computer virus.

It is believed that those behind the fake email are trying to obtain password information from the recipient’s email account.

A police investigation has been launched into its origins.

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