Western Morning News (Saturday)

Fraudster charged pensioner £160 for fake jab

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A FRAUDSTER claiming to work for the NHS jabbed a 92-year-old woman with a fake Covid-19 vaccine.

Detectives hunting the suspected conman, who charged the victim £160, say he “may endanger people’s lives”.

The victim allowed him into her home in Surbiton, south-west London, on December 30 after he said he was from the NHS and there to administer the Covid-19 vaccine. She said she was jabbed in the arm with a “dart like implement” before being charged £160 which the fraudster said would be refunded by the NHS.

Police 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.

Det Insp. Kevin Ives said: “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.” He is described white, in his early thirties, 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with light brown hair.

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