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A fraudster claiming to work for the British National Health Service injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake COVID-19 vaccine — charging her about $218, according to a new report.
The con man showed up at the nonagenarian’s door in Surbiton, southwest London, on Dec. 30, claiming he was from the NHS and was there to administer the vaccine, Metro UK reported.
The unsuspecting senior let him in, and then he jabbed her in the arm with a “dart-like implement,” police said, according to the report.
He allegedly charged her 160 British pounds — around $218, for the bogus vaccine, which he claimed would be refunded by the NHS.
The City of London Police told the outlet it’s unclear what substance, if any, was administered, but the woman, who was checked out at a local hospital, did not appear to be ill.
“This is a disgusting and totally unacceptable assault on a member of the public which won’t be tolerated,” Detective Inspector Kevin Ives said, according to Metro. “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.”
The suspect reportedly showed up at the woman’s home once more on Monday, asking for another 100 pounds, around $136.
Surveillance images captured that day show him wearing a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side.
Police say the man, who speaks with a London accent, is in his early 30s, around 5-foot-9 with a medium build and combed-back light brown hair.
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