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Dear [email address removed]
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.
Wite Blood cells 1200 Low
Hemoglobin 12 Normal
Platelets 19000 Low
We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your family doctor as soon as possible
Dr. Avery Ernie
The recipient is urged to print out CBC results contained in an attached file and show them to his or her doctor as soon as possible.
However, the email is not from NICE or from any other medical entity and the supposed test results are bogus. The attachment does not contain test results. Instead, it harbours an information-stealing trojan.
This nasty and underhand criminal tactic is designed to panic people into opening the attached file without due forethought. The email is professionally presented and may at first seem like a legitimate NICE message. People with existing health issues or those awaiting blood test results may be especially vulnerable to this tactic.
Recipients who open the attached .zip file as instructed will find that it contains a .exe file disguised via a double file extension to look like a harmless .pdf. Opening the .exe file can install a trojan that can harvest passwords and other sensitive data from the infected computer and relay it back to online criminals.
NICE has published the following warning about the scam on its website:
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.Of course, no legitimate medical institution is ever likely to inform people that they may have cancer via an unsolicited and impersonal email. However, criminals regularly use such 'shock' tactics to panic people into opening attached files or following links to malicious websites. In another current campaign, criminals are sending out bogus notices inviting recipients to attend the funeral of a friend. Others claim that recipients have been evicted from their home or must appear in court on a specified date. Again, the bogus emails contain malware in attached files.
If you have received the email, do not open the attachments.
Last updated: March 14, 2014
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