Why you shouldn’t share photos of your Covid tests online
People are urged not to post photos of negative Covid sideload tests on social media because criminals use them to fake passes.
Some places in the UK, such as nightclubs, require customers to provide a negative test or prove their vaccination status before entering.
Security experts are now warning against the development of an illegal business where fraudsters use test details posted online to provide negative results to others.
They warn that those who post these images could inadvertently pose a risk to public health measures.
Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed – a company that helps businesses provide security – said it was “inevitable” that bogus Covid passes would emerge as soon as sites started asking for proof of Covid status .
“We have seen false documents for many years, for example fake IDs have been common in nightclubs for a number of years. This is just a new complication that door supervisors will soon get used to dealing with, ”he said. Wales Online.
He added: “Obviously there is going to be a market for Covid passes, because there will be people who want to lead their lives as usual and not have to take Covid tests for things they don’t. did not have to do before, so it is extremely important that you take care of your Covid pass.
“Our advice would be to avoid posting it on social media, not to share the sideload code you took because others might save it as their test.”
Mr Ali also said it was not only “extremely unethical and very dangerous” for people to do Covid passes, but it could also result in “a fine of £ 10,000 if you are taken”.
Fake Covid passes are also known to be in circulation in France, where authorities began investigating online networks selling them earlier in December.
Authorities have identified several thousand fake Covid health passes being used across the country, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said.
The case of a woman with Covid who died in a regional hospital in Paris after showing a fake vaccine certificate has drawn the attention of French media.
Mr Darmanin said some 400 investigations had been opened for peddling false passes, some of which were “linked to medical professionals”.