Fraudster posing as a nurse tries to access pensioner's home 'to give Covid jab'

A woman posed as a nurse to give the covid puff to get into a retiree’s home.

An elderly woman who lives in Dumfries was approached by a woman in a blue outfit at her home.

The fake nurse claimed she was there to give the woman a Covid shot Daily record reports.

The visit came after someone called the pensioner to ask if she lived at a different address. The scammer arrived later in the day after it was corrected.

The retiree said the woman didn’t leave until she was told she already had the sting.

After alerting the police, the squad warns others to be on the lookout for similar scammers who might try to enter their homes.

“Officials are asking for public support after a woman was present at an elderly inmate’s address in Penman Gardens, Heathhall, Dumfries at around 4 p.m. last Friday, claiming she was a nurse and offering Covid-19 vaccinations to the elderly inmate in an attempt to gain access to the property, “said a spokesman.

“We recommend households to check the identity of the visitor and, in case of doubt, to refuse entry and to contact their general practitioner.

“In an emergency you should contact the police on 101.”

The retiree’s daughter said she was concerned that senior citizens could fall for the scam because of the trust and respect they show the nurses.

She said, “The pretend nurse showed up in the house in a blue outfit.

“Luckily my mother is pretty hot, but other people could fall for it.

“It wasn’t until I took her to go shopping that evening that she told me about it and I contacted the police.

“The woman wasn’t aggressive and was nice in every way. But I want people to know this is happening.

“People are very confident in the nursing profession, so some just let them in. That’s my concern.

“Mom had her first vaccine on Wednesday and told the woman that.

“She told my mother she was here to give her the second vaccine, but my mother said she didn’t need it.

“The woman went to check where she got the vaccine and tried to get inside twice, but my mother said it was okay and she eventually left.”

A health department spokesman has provided more information to help those who might be addressed in the same way.

He said: “Anyone who is supposed to get a Covid-19 vaccination will be contacted either by letter, phone call from their family doctor or the local care team.

“If anyone has any doubts about the approach they are receiving, they should call their family doctor who will coordinate the vaccinations and be able to advise on precautionary measures.

“Please note that at no time during an invitation to the vaccination will you be asked to provide bank details.”


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