City of London Police appeal for information after conman claiming to work for the NHS injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake Covid-19 vaccine.
The victim allowed the fraudster into her home on Kingsmead Avenue in Surbiton, south-west London after he claimed he was from the NHS and there to administer the Covid-19 vaccine.
The man went to the victim’s address on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th December 2020, between 14:00 and 15:00 hours.
The victim allowed the man inside her home and was jabbed in the arm with what she described as a ‘dart like implement’. The man then charged her £160, which he said would be reimbursed by the NHS.
On Monday 4th January 2021, the suspect attended the victim’s address again, and asked for a further £100.
Police have said it is not yet known what substance, if any, was administered to the victim, but she was checked over at her local hospital and has suffered no ill effects.
City Of London Police have described the man as white with a London accent, in his early thirties, 5ft 9 inches in height, medium build, with light brown hair that is combed back. On his second visit to the victim’s address, he was wearing a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side.
Detective Inspector Kevin Ives from the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit 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.”
Anyone with information about the identity of this man, or CCTV or Dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident, should call 101, quoting reference 3042 and the date 07 Jan 2021. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, via their website or by calling 0800 555 111, quoting the same reference.
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