Cyber crime cops quiz three men over fake Covid vaccine records after staff at London NHS Trust alerted police to ‘suspicious’ online activity
Three men were arrested by police probing suspected fake Covid vaccination records on Tuesday.
Officers arrested three men on suspicion of unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to commit fraud by misrepresentation.
Detective Superintendent Helen Rance from the central Cyber Crime Team said: ‘It is concerning that individuals may have fraudulently created false Covid vaccination records during a time when levels of the virus are rising.
Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of creating fake Covid records on the NHS system (File image)
‘The staff at both Trusts did the right thing and reported their concerns, which has allowed us to fully investigate the circumstances.
‘I want to reassure the public that no systems were hacked from outside of the NHS networks and the integrity of the systems remains robust.’
Covid cases have been rising at a staggering rate owing to the Omicron variant, especially in London.
Sadiq Khan declared a state of emergency in the capital because of the surge and asked Londoners to ‘err on the side of caution’.
The Met said a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from Ilford, were arrested for allegedly creating fake vaccine records.
Covid hospital admissions have spiked by more than a third in a week in Britain’s Omicron hotspot of London, official data shows
The number of confirmed cases of Omicron in England increased by 69 per cent on the previous day’s total – up 9,427 to 23,168, figures from the UKHSA showed
In a seperate investigation a 36-year-old man, also from Ilford, was arrested on suspicion of the same crimes.
The arrest followed a member of staff from a different NHS trust noticing suspicious vaccination records on their online system.
The staff member reported their concerns to Action Fraud who sent the information to the Met.
Police searching two houses related to both investigations seized 14 devices.