Police hunt for fraudster who injected a 92-year-old woman with fake Covid-19 vaccine and charged her £160

Police are on the hunt for a fraudster claiming to work for the NHS after he injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake Covid-19 vaccine.

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The City of London police said the victim, a resident of Surbiton, south-west London, had allowed the man into her home on 30 December after he knocked on the door claiming to be an NHS worker distributing the Covid-19 vaccine.

The 92-year-old woman told police that she was jabbed in the arm with a “dart-like implement” and made to pay £160, which the man said would be refunded by the NHS.

Authorities said it is not known what substance, if any, was administered, but the woman showed no ill effects after a check at her local hospital.

The man was alleged to have appeared at her home a second time on 4 January, when he demanded another £100 from the woman.

 

Images released by police show the suspect dressed in a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side. He is described as a white man in his early thirties, who is around 5ft 9 inches tall, of medium build, with light brown hair that is combed back, and speaks with a London accent.

 

Police hunt for fraudster who injected a 92-year-old woman with fake Covid-19 vaccine and charged her ?160

 

Police are asking for anyone with information on what was branded a “disgusting” incident to come forward.

 

Detective Inspector Kevin Ives said: “This is a disgusting and totally unacceptable assault on a member of the public which won’t be tolerated.

 

“We are appealing to anyone who may have information that could assist us in identifying this man to get in touch.

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“It is crucial we catch him as soon as possible as not only is he defrauding individuals of money, he may endanger people’s lives.”