An innocent 92-year-old pensioner was scammed into getting a fake Coronavirus vaccine by a callous fraudster, police said.
The suspected conman, who charged the victim £160, even administered a phoney jab with an unknown substance.
Detectives said the victim allowed the man into her home in Surbiton, south-west London, on December 30.
He had claimed he was from the NHS and was there to give her a vaccination for Coronavirus.
She said she was jabbed with a “dart like implement” before being charged £160.
The fraudster said the NHS would refund the money and left.
Police said the cruel conman may “endanger many people’s lives”.
The City of London 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.
Detective Inspector Kevin Ives 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.”
Images released by police show the suspect dressed in a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the side. The images are from a second visit he made to the woman’s home in Kingsmead Avenue on Monday, when he asked for another £100.
He is described as a white man in his early thirties, who is around 5ft 9 inches tall, of medium build, with light brown hair that is combed back and speaks with a London accent.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 3042 and the date Jan 7 2021, or contact Crimestoppers.
The vaccine is being rolled out by some GPs as of Thursday, as well as official vaccination centres.