Europol Warns that Fake COVID-19 Certificates are Proliferating

Europol has reported that there are criminals mass producing and selling fake negative coronavirus test certificates in airports, stations, and online around Europe.

According to Europol, they have already arrested several suspects selling the fake certificates at airports in the UK and France, online and through mobile messaging chat groups in Spain and the Netherlands.

The suspects were reportedly selling test documents for as high as £100 ($137) in the UK while in France, it cost as much as 150-300 euros ($181-$363).

The proliferation of fake certificates occurred after EU member states required travelers to present a negative coronavirus test in order to be allowed entry when coming from countries with high infection rates.

Europol started their investigation after a passenger checked in for a flight to Addis Ababa with a forged document.

“As long as travel restrictions remain in place due to the Covid-19 situation, it is highly likely that production and sales of fake test certificates will prevail,” explained the Europol.


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