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REPORT: Fake vaccine passports are already being sold on streets

Fake vaccine passports

Since states continue to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and more services demand vaccination proofs, experts are warning of a possible rise in scam activities related to fake vaccine passports.

Fake vaccine passports

A tweet from a TV host, Andrew Gruel revealed that fake ‘vaccine passports’ are already selling on the streets who saw it happening.

“Had to work late last night. Walked through a back alley to get to my car. There were 2 shady guys selling fake vaccine passports out of the back of a Cadillac. A market is born.”

Earlier this week the news emerged that the Biden government has been making efforts along with tech companies and non-profits for developing a vaccine passport. It will play a major part in numerous aspects of life.

A CNN report said the vaccine passports could be created in weeks. They will be a condition of the United States coming back to “normalcy” before the year-end.

But according to experts, they expect a rise in websites and online forums, with the release of vaccine passports. Those platforms would promote fake certificates and vaccine passports.

“The darknet is booming with activity related to the vaccines. Cybercriminals are looking to capitalize on the public’s interest to both get the vaccine or avoid the vaccine,” said Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson for a cybersecurity firm, Check Point.

Vaccination certificate for Covid

Ever since the pandemic started, many scams related to coronavirus testing, fraudulent protective devices, and fake Covid-19 vaccines have appeared on the internet. According to Check Point, one ad on the dark web posted “vaccination certificate for Covid”. It was for those who do not want vaccine doses.

Another ad said that not everybody would like to get the Covid-19 vaccine and they provide proof of vaccination.

Check Point claims in general, the number of fake advertisements regarding vaccines has increased three times since January.

Meanwhile, New York is the only state so far that has officially launched a digital vaccine passport. It would fast-track the resuming of businesses and entertainment places across the state.

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.




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