Messaging app users offered counterfeit NHS Covid Passes


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Counterfeit NHS vaccine certificates are being offered for sale through an encrypted messaging app.

Under the current system, anyone who has received both jabs in the UK can obtain an NHS Covid Pass through the NHS app – or a paper alternative – allowing them to prove their vaccination status when travelling. The system, can be also used to control access to events and venues in England, has prompted a backlash from anti-vaccination groups.Β 

Analysis by PublicTechnology sister publication PoliticsHome found multiple groups on the open-source messaging platform, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, allegedly offering fraudulent Covid vaccine certificates for sale. One Telegram group claiming to sell the certificates had more than half a million subscribers.Β 

After posing as an interested buyer, fake Covid vaccine certificates were offered for Β£200-per-person by one administrator of the largest group…

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