Fraudsters mount bogus ‘breast cancer screening’ telephone campaign in Algarve
Fraudsters have mounted a bogus breast cancer screening campaign in the Algarve.
They have been telephoning people – pretending to be bona-fide professionals attached to State health service, ARS Algarve – and requesting “personal details and procedures that have nothing to do” with the Algarve’s official breast cancer screening programme.
A statement sent out by ARS Algarve on Tuesday evening warns “the population to be especially attentive” to any calls they may receive along these lines.
The health authority stresses that “only in exceptional cases” are women contacted by telephone, and then “only to reinforce the date for a screening, never to solicit personal information of any kind”.
Says the statement, the region’s breast cancer screening initiatives are now into their 7th cycle, focused on contacting women aged between 50-69 and offering them digital 3D mammograms with tomosynthesis (this is an advanced form of mammography using a specific type of imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early when it is most treatable).
A mobile unit will be travelling the region’s various boroughs, “always sited at the respective health centre”.
ARS Algarve’s statement adds that official screening initiatives are “always publicised” on the health authority’s website (www.arsalgarve.min-saude.pt) and through poster campaigns – never via telephone contact.
As to the fraudsters – denounced by a number of people already contacted – ARS Algarve says its chief concern is that their actions may have undermined the trust people have in “legitimate” health service screening campaigns.
For those with doubts, the campaign ‘nucleus’ can be contacted on 289 88 99 12, or via email email@example.com