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Three Ilford men have been arrested for faking COVID-19 vaccination records

The three men were arrested after two separate investigations.

Three men from Ilford have been arrested in connection with suspected fake COVID-19 vaccination records. 

Officers from the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit made the arrests on the morning of Tuesday 14, December as part of their investigation into suspected fake COVID-19 vaccination records. 

Staff from a London NHS trust alerted Action Fraud after they noticed a suspicious pattern in a number of online vaccine records.

It was then passed on to the Met who launched an investigation. 

A 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from Ilford, were arrested for unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to commit fraud by misrepresentation. Searches at the property found 11 devices, all of which have been seized. 

Another unrelated investigation saw a 36-year-old man, also of Ilford, arrested on suspicion of unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to commit fraud by misrepresentation. Three devices were seized and offered are searching a residential address.

All three remain in police custody as the separate investigations continue. 

Detective Superintendent Helen Rance from the central Cyber Crime Team said: “It is concerning that individuals may have fraudulently created false COVID-19 vaccination records during a time when levels of the virus are rising.

“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 into from outside of the NHS networks and the integrity of the NHS systems remains robust.”

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