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2:41pm 14th March 2014
(Updated 2:41pm 14th March 2014)

A spam e-mail is going out in Cornwall, telling people they have cancer.

Duchy GPs are re-assuring patients NOT to worry and asking them to destroy the message without clicking on links.

It purports to come from NICE and is being described by GP reps as 'hideously spiteful'.

John Davidson speaks for the medical watchdog: "It's only natural that people who actually were waiting for blood tests would be among them and that could be blood tests for cancer results but also people who are waiting for tests because they are pregnant and that can be extremely shocking.

"If people see this e-mail which is called 'Important Blood Analysis Result' they should delete it. Not just because it is distressing but also because it could infect their computer with a virus. Absolutely do not download it."

The organisation has also put this statement up 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.

"If you have received the email, do not open the attachments.

"Updates will be made on the website during the day and also via Twitter:

You can see what the e-mail looks like below:

Spam E-mail (pdf)

2:41pm 14th March 2014

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