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Warning after fraudster targets Notts man with dementia with ‘second Covid jab’

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with Nottinghamshire Police to release this statement around latest hoax calls.

A vulnerable man who suffers from dementia received a call from a fraudster offering his second Covid-19 vaccination.

The Sutton-in-Ashfield man had already had his first jab in March and wasn’t due his second until May.

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The 83-year-old victim who lives alone received the phone call from a woman on 1 April who said they could visit between 9am-2pm on Sunday.

The man’s family reported the call to Nottinghamshire Police straight away, who arranged a visit and called the victim to remind him of the potential scam.

The victim’s son, and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service employee, Ian Sawyer, was hugely appreciative to the police and their support throughout a distressing time.

Ian said: “My father suffers from dementia and several other health problems, so it really concerned me when he told me he was called.

“The police have been fantastic. When I found out I called 101 immediately and officers attended to speak to him. It was a truly excellent service.

“The control room staff then rang my father back on Sunday, the day the fraudsters said they would come, to remind him they were visiting.

“They rang again and fortunately, he remembered the beat team’s advice and told them to leave him alone.

“In the end, they did not visit him in person. The local beat team were also patrolling the area in an unmarked car that day, so I was really impressed how well they supported him and made him feel safe.

“I’d like to thank the members of the police’s staff and particularly the control room for their work.”

Anyone who believes they have been called by a fraudster is urged to report the incident to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040.

People who have lost money through a scam should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 so officers can preserve evidence as quickly as possible.