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A 35-year-old man from Oslo has a good deal of bad conscience after a joke completely failed.
Since it was April 1, he decided to try to fool his girlfriend.
He wrote an e-mail that was apparently from the National Institute of Public Health. The e-mail stated that she had been in close contact with a person infected with covid-19, and that she therefore had to be quarantined:
Beat the fraud alarm
However, there was one thing the 35-year-old had not anticipated: The e-mail was intercepted by the National Institute of Public Health’s systems as the sender pretended to be from FHI.
Here, the case was taken very seriously, and notified of possible fraud attempts both internally and externally.
Among other things, FHI posted the following message on Twitter:
The case piqued the curiosity of several journalists.
– We hope recipients understand that this is an attempt at fraud, and we have asked HelseCERT to investigate the case, assistant director Gun Peggy Knudsen in FHI told NTB earlier today.
NRK was also in contact with FHI in connection with the «fraud attempt».
– The subject field of the e-mail is registered infection. We think it is serious when someone pretends to be from FHI in this situation, Knudsen told NRK.
The 35-year-old eventually realized that the e-mail joke had reached a little longer than originally thought.
In an e-mail, the person in question refers to FHI’s post on Twitter, and wonders if it could be him in question.
“I sent an April Fool’s joke to my roommate (name removed) today around 11 am. This was sent from filemail.com, was stylized from FHI and contained an attachment (a word document that said” April Fool’s joke “).”
“If these two cases are the same, I apologize for any problems this has created for you – it was just an internal joke within the family and had no intention of accomplishing anything dangerous,” the man wrote.
According to the National Institute of Public Health, it was a very remorseful and impressionable man they spoke to after receiving the e-mail.
– We have been in contact with the person. He is sorry that he caused this, says Gun Peggy Knudsen.
– Will the person be reported?
– We have not decided yet. We assess that, Knudsen answers.
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