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Police in London are on the hunt for a fraudster claiming to work for the NHS who gave an elderly lady a fake coronavirus vaccine and charged her £160.
Officers have warned that the man 'may endanger people's lives'.
The man went to the home of a 92-year-old woman in Surbiton, London, on Wednesday 30 December.
He told her he was from the NHS and was there to give her the Covid-9 vaccine.
The woman told cops she was given an injection with a 'dart like implement' and then asked to hand over £160, which the fraudster told her would later be refunded by the NHS.
Police have said it's not known what the woman was actually injected with, but, thankfully, she's been checked over at the hospital and showed no ill effects from whatever it was.
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.
"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."
City of London Police have released images of the suspect, who is wearing a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side.
If you receive a call or message about coronavirus vaccinations that ask you for a payment, or any financial details, it's a scam. Find out more here: https://t.co/97t0cRoKaV #CoronavirusFrauds pic.twitter.com/kKGtgLWbPm
- Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) January 7, 2021
He's described as a white man in his early 30s, around 5'9 and of medium build. He has light brown hair and a London accent.
The images shared are from a second visit he made to the same woman's home on Monday, where he asked for an additional £100.
Police are urging anyone with any with any information to call 101 and quote reference 3042 and the date Jan 7 2021 or contact CrimeStoppers.
Action Fraud have also issued a warning over coronavirus jab scams - reminding people that legitimate NHS vaccinators will never ask for payment or your financial details.
Action Fraud said it had received 57 reports relating to Covid-19 vaccination scams, adding: "Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge."
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