Fake COVID-19 Passes Being Sold on French Snapchat

Police in France are investigating dozens of counterfeit Snapchat accounts reportedly selling fake Covid-19 health certificates to users in France.

An investigation by Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the accounts are claiming to be able to provide false health passes “within 8 to 10 hours maximum.”

The accounts are only asking for the user’s name, national insurance number, email, and postal address to receive the fake certificate.

Prices for a fake health pass vary from €140 to €350 but some users are not even asked for any bank account or credit card information.

“Vaccination becomes optional thanks to our service,” said one account on Snapchat.

The fake certificates have been promoted to French citizens who wanted to take advantage of Covid-19 health passes but do not want a coronavirus vaccine.

France approved making the health pass mandatory last month for citizens to visit bars, restaurants, and places of culture where more than 50 people gather.

French Health Insurance authorities said that they have received 46 police requests over forged or fake Covid-19 health passes since May.

Counterfeiters face up to five years imprisonment and a €150,000 fine in France while those buying the fake passes can be imprisoned for up to three years.

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