COSTA BLANCA police warn of Covid vaccine scam targeting the elderly
The Local Police of Pilar de la Horadada in Spain’s Costa Blanca South have issued a warning of a Covid vaccine scam which has been sweeping the country since late December. In the latest trick, the scammers phone their victims, usually elderly people and often people living alone, posing as health care workers. They inform their targets that it is their turn for the coronavirus jab and set up an appointment to visit them at home.
The scammers then take the opportunity to enter the elderly person’s home and rob them of their valuables. “This is a hoax” the Local Police have warned, and advise people who receive these calls to record them if possible, but to take note of the number at the least and pass it on to authorities so that the scammers can be traced. Above all, officials have advised people not to let strangers into their homes under any circumstances.
Since the pandemic, scams of this sort have been rife in Spain, with thieves taking advantage of the vulnerable position a lot of elderly people are in. Last month, the Guardia Civil warned of a WhatsApp scam whereby messages were sent to victims claiming to be from the government offering financial aid to those affected by the pandemic. The message urged people to “register to receive their free grant” and was designed to steal people’s personal data.
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