Email scams and schemes work by targeting emotional responses from recipients, compelling them to open unsolicited emails, follow links or download files which contain malware, spyware or some other harmful software into the target’s computer or device with the aim to steal important data. That is why, the people behind these operations stoop to the lowest of lows in their attempt to get that click. Sometimes they claim someone close to the recipient has passed or in quite an extreme case that there is an assassin after them.
The latest of these stories involves a scam that suggests victims have cancer.
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), an email is currently doing the rounds with the header “important blood analysis result.” The email tells people that Nice has been sent a sample of their blood for further research and that a test result is attached. When people download the attachment, the victim will find that it contains malware.
The email causes great distress and attempts to make its ruse more real by providing numbers related to low white blood cell and platelet count.
Authorities have urged people not to open the email unless they have actually requested tests. Investigations are currently underway.