Cybercrime cops question three men over fake Covid vaccine records after NHS Trust staff alerted police to ‘suspicious’ online activity
- Cybercrime police questioned three men on suspicion of fake Covid vaccine records
- London’s NHS credit alerted the Met’s cybercrime unit to a ‘suspicious pattern’
- Three men aged 36, 27 and 23, all from Ilford, were arrested in two operations
Police arrested three men for investigating fake Covid vaccination records on Tuesday.
Police took action after staff at the NHS Trust in London alerted the Met’s cybercrime unit to a ‘suspicious pattern’.
Officers arrested three men on suspicion of unauthorized computer access and conspiracy to commit fraud by counterfeiting.
Police investigator Helen Rance of the Central Cybercrime Task Force said: ‘It is alarming that individuals may have fraudulently created false vaccination records for Covid during a time of high levels of the virus.
Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of creating fake Covid records on the NHS system (file photo)
The staff at both boxes did the right thing and reported their concerns, allowing us to fully investigate the circumstances.
“I want to reassure the public that no systems outside the NHS networks have been hacked and that the integrity of the systems remains strong.”
Covid cases are rising at an astonishing rate due to the Omicron variant, especially in London.
Sadiq Khan declared a state of emergency in the capital due to the troop surge and asked Londoners to “take the side of caution”.
The Met said a 27-year-old and a 23-year-old man, both from Ilford, were arrested for allegedly creating fake vaccine records.
Official data showed that hospital admissions due to the Covid virus rose by more than a third in a week in the British hotspot Omicron in London.
The number of confirmed Omicron cases in England showed a 69 per cent increase over the previous day’s total – an increase of 9,427 to 23,168, figures from the UK Health Service (UKHSA) showed.
In a separate investigation, a 36-year-old man, also from Ilford, was arrested on suspicion of the same crimes.
The arrest came after a staff member from a different NHS organization noticed suspicious vaccination records on their online system.
The employee reported his concerns to Action Fraud, who forwarded the information to the Met.
The police searched two homes in connection with the two investigations and seized 14 explosive devices.