Police said they were looking for the suspect. He allegedly asked the woman for the equivalent of about R $ 1,200 to "vaccinate" her against Covid-19.
In London, England, a man posing as an employee of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) injected a fake vaccine against covid-19 into a 92-year-old woman. The coup cost the elderly woman an amount equivalent to about R $ 1,200.
According to the London police, the scammer approached the elderly woman, offered the vaccine and said that it was "crucial" that payment should be made as soon as possible, as the opposite "could endanger people's lives".
Kevin Ives, the investigator responsible for the case, described the incident as "a disgusting and totally unacceptable assault".
The case occurred after the NHS issued a warning to the population, clarifying that no British health care system will appear at the door of people offering vaccines. The announcement came after a series of text messages with false information on the subject were sent to citizens of the country.
According to current coronavirus vaccination plans in the UK, it is the family doctor and healthcare professional who will advise people on the vaccine.
According to the police, the elderly woman allowed the scammer to enter her home on the afternoon of December 30. She reported being stung in the arm with a "dart-like instrument". Then she paid the man - he told her that the amount would be reimbursed by the NHS.
The police say they do not know what substance was administered to the elderly woman's arm, but the woman was examined at the local hospital and had no side effects.
Detective Ives requested information to help identify the suspect.
"His arrest should take place as soon as possible, as he is not only deceiving people for money, but he could be putting their lives at risk," he added.
The scammer also made a second visit to the woman's home on January 4, when he asked for more money, police said.