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Bute residents warned of ‘cancer test result’ scam

Bute residents have been warned of an email scam currently in operation which tells recipients they may have cancer.

Bute residents have been warned of an email scam currently in operation which tells recipients they may have cancer.

 

Members of the public have contacted police after receiving spam emails telling them they may have cancer.

Deirdre Henderson, manager of Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service in Rothesay and Campbeltown, alerted us to the scam where emails claiming to be from health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) warn readers that ‘test results’ suggest there is a ‘suspicion’ of the disease. It then asks recipients to click a link which it alleges will display test results.S

NICE have said: “NICE is aware that a spam email is being sent to members of the public regarding cancer test results. Please be assured that this email is not from NICE and we are currently investigating its origin.”

Deirdre told us that if anyone affected by this scam has been upset, they can drop in at the service in Rothesay Library on Tuesday between 11am and 1pm, and again from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Support can also be gained by phoning the free Macmillan helpline number on 0808 808 00 00.

Recipients are advised to delete the email without opening and urged not to click any of the links it contains. Further updates and information can be found on the NICE website.

 

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