Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Health Email Scams
The people who send fraudulent scams and viruses are sinking to a new low. I got a message today on my email network that has super firewalls. Despite that, the email from Mrs. Lauren Smith arrived and was titled "Please Read Carefully".
The message, directed to Dr. Brayer, caught my attention. It read:
My name is Mrs. Lauren Smith, a 66 year old lady, and I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and the doctor said that it is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth has lead to the invasion of adjacent tissue and infiltration beyond my lungs. The doctor has told me that I would not last for long due to my condition. Having to know my present condition, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends.
I have now decided to give away my personal jewelry box for a non profit cause. I was a collector of gold jewelry for the past 30 years. I am willing to give this to a non profit group. Let me know how this would benefit your cause.
I suppose had I clicked on the attachment or hit reply I would have crashed my computer or infected a virus.
Another email also arrived from a Dr. Jennifer Allen and this one wanted to donate veterinary equipment (1 ultrasound and 1 autoclave) to "my work".
Can't wait to see what kind of wacky emails I get tomorrow.
A good site that talks about email scams is here.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 8:25 PM