A fraudster claiming to work for the NHS hit a 92-year-old woman with a fake Covid-19 vaccine.
Investigators who are hunting down the suspected fraudster, who paid a victim of £ 160, say he “could put people’s lives at risk”.
The victim let him enter her home in Sorbiton, southwest London, on the afternoon of Wednesday 30 December after he said he was from the NHS and there to be given the Covid-19 vaccine.
She said she was stabbed in the arm with an “app like arrows” before being charged the £ 160 which the fraudster said would be refunded by the NHS.
The City of London Police said it is not known what, if any, substance was taken, but the woman did not show any ill effects after being examined at the local hospital.
Detective Detective Kevin Ives said: “This is a disgusting and totally unacceptable assault on members of the public that will not be tolerated.”
“We appeal to anyone with information that can help us identify this man to contact him.
“It is very important that we catch him as soon as possible because not only does he deceive people with money, he may also endanger people’s lives.”
Police photos released showed the suspect was wearing a dark blue track suit with white stripes on the side. Photos are from a second visit he made to the woman’s home on Kingsmead Street on Monday, when he asked for another £ 100.
Described as a white man in his early 30s, he is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build, with light brown hair combed back and speaks a London accent.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, citing reference 3042 and date January 7, 2021, or call Crimestoppers.