Doctors issue warning over blood test cancer hoax
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 May 2014
PATIENTS in Weston are being warned of a 'distressing' scam which claims their recent blood test results show signs of cancer.
Doctors’ surgeries in Weston are warning people about the letter which purports to be from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The letter encourages people to call a number to receive test results, but it is part of a scam.
The Milton Surgery in Milton Road is displaying a copy of the letter on its door to warn patients after one was sent to the surgery itself.
A number of patients have contacted Weston GPs to say they had received a letter.
The letter says: “We have been sent a sample of your blood analysis for further research.
“During the complete blood count (CBC) we have revealed that white blood cells is very low, and unfortunately, we have a suspicion of a cancer.”
A similar computer-based scam has also affected people in the area.
An email has been sent to people with an attachment which can then infect a person’s computer.
A police spokesman said: “Thousands of people throughout the country are thought to have received the distressing hoax email which informs them that as a result of a recent blood test, cancer was suspected and they should contact their GP.
“Computer owners are reminded to ensure they have up-to-date anti-virus software on their machine and run regular full security scans or take it to a local reputable computer specialist for advice and support.”
The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit is investigating and advises anyone who receives an email to delete it immediately and not open the attachment.