Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are collaboratively
working with Nottinghamshire Police to release a statement around latest hoax
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.
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
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
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
"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
"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
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.