Conman Injects 92-Year-Old Woman With Fake COVID-19 Vaccine In UK
British police has on Friday announced that they are hunting for a fraudster who tricked a 92-year-old woman into handing over £160 (N82,718) to receive a fake coronavirus vaccine jab.
Detectives have warned that the suspected conman “may endanger people’s lives” unless he is caught.
The victim allowed him into her home in Surbiton, southwest London, on 30 December after he said he was from United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS).
She let him into her home, where he jabbed her in the arm with a “dart-like implement” before asking her for £160 (82,718) which he said would be refunded.
The City of London Police, which investigates frauds and other scams, said it is not known what substance – if any – was injected, but the woman showed no ill effects after being checked over at her local hospital.
This is a disgusting and totally unacceptable assault on a member of the public which won’t be tolerated. 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.
Images released by police show the suspect dressed in a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side.
The pictures are from a second visit he made to the woman’s home, when he asked for another £100 (N51,710).
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland police has warned internet users about a phishing scam in which they are told they are “eligible” for a vaccine before being asked for bank details.
It would be recalled that Britain began a mass vaccination programme on December 8 last year, prioritising care home residents and workers, the over-70s, and other vulnerable groups.