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Fake COVID-19 Testing Certificates Now Slamming Airlines

Fake COVID-19 Testing Certificates Now Slamming Airlines

Fake CDC COVID vaccine cards are now the new, hot commodity on the dark web.

Airlines around the world are encountering fake COVID-19 certificates as passengers attempt to avoid both the time and expense of a COVID test prior to their travel.

The airline industry anticipates more fraud if countries go forward with their plans to require vaccination certificates.

The documents are often the Covid-19 test results required by many countries on arrival. The International Air Transport Association industry body says it has tracked fake certificates in multiple countries, from France to Brazil, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Border control authorities and police forces have also reported arrests of people selling documents in the U.K., Spain, Indonesia and Zimbabwe, among others.

The problem is hitting international flights more than domestic ones, which typically don’t require certification at the moment. Airlines that are more dependent on cross-border travel, particularly those operating in Europe, are growing increasingly alarmed as they look to the summer, when they still hope demand will start to return.

The proliferation of fake health certificates is exposing a logistical blind spot, as airlines rush to navigate post-pandemic travel standards and retool their systems to ease compliance—and spur demand. Airlines say their staff aren’t equipped to handle and police all the new health certifications needed and worry the problem will be exacerbated when some countries also start to ask for vaccination certificates.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and those in 44 other states are investigating the online sale of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards.

While many Americans are being vaccinated, many people are not. So as venues and even transportation providers start requiring proof of vaccination, these official – albeit paper and hand-written – CDC cards are among the hottest items on the knock-off market today.

“We’ve seen a 300% increase from what was available in December,” said Mark Ostrowski, the head of engineering at cybersecurity firm Checkpoint Software.

While some phony vaccine certificates are still priced at hundreds of dollars on the dark web, some less authentic-looking copies are available for free and the I-Team found more conventional platforms with versions for just a few dollars.

The problem is global. For example, Finnish authorities identified one company issuing fake certificates.

According to a report by Yle, a company operating in the Helsinki metropolitan area has been selling fraudulent COVID-19 health certificates. The company allegedly lacks the permit required to sell the certificates and does not test customers in most cases.

There is a high demand for the documents as numerous countries and airlines require passengers to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival or before boarding an international flight. Employers also require a certificate in some cases.

The company reportedly sells the counterfeit documents for 70 euros each—a fraction of the cost that private healthcare companies charge (upto 300 euros for a test and certificate). Until a couple of days ago, the service was advertised online.

In Spain, authorities arrested a pharmacy worker who sold fake negative COVID-19 test certificates so that people could travel to Morocco.

The 24-year-old man, who was arrested in El Ejido, southern Spain, charged Moroccan people 130 euros ($156) for each fake certificate which allowed them to fly home from Spain, according to the authorities. They said he had a second job running his own travel business and selling plane tickets.

Spain’s National Police added they had discovered seven cases of the suspect selling false PCR test certificates and that the investigation was ongoing.

As nations and businesses evaluate possible “vaccine certification” requirements, it is important to note that yellow fever vaccination certificates have been globally accepted for years. But there is significant fraud with those cards as well.

…[F]ake yellow fever vaccine certificates have been sold in countries such as Africa and Brazil for years.

The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, also known as the Yellow Card, is an official vaccination record created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005.

A thriving black market in Africa sells fake immunization cards says Dr. Integrity Mchechesi, who works with a technology firm to combat such forgery.

“We estimate that around 80% of yellow fever travel cards in Zimbabwe are counterfeit,” said Dr. Mchechesi, a co-founder of Vaxiglobal, a travel health consultancy.

The problem will clearly not be confined to Africa or Brazil either, especially if it becomes a requirement to enter a large public venue (e.g., concert or sporting event, as has been proposed).

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This is my shocked face.

What a surprise. Wait until the Socialist/Communist Party passes amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens residing in the US (with many more to come). The last time the “documentation” required to “prove” the applicant met the law’s requirements for amnesty were selling for pretty good money in flea markets all over the country. And that was just for about three million illegal aliens expected to be in the country. With up to ten times that many (more? Who knows), the false paper industry will really crank up the photocopy machines and laser printers.

nordic_prince | May 5, 2021 at 9:12 am

What did you expect? People don’t want to be coerced into becoming lab rats by having to take experimental shots as a condition of flight travel.

If people want or need anything .. somebody will sell it.

JusticeDelivered | May 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

Air travel has become such a PIA that I do not expect to ever use it again.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 5, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Indeed, it was so way before COVID. I attempt to avoid air travel when ever possible. CDC guidelines for air travel are imbecilic.

    Anyway, you need to “show your papers” do everything now…. except vote. I wonder why? Indeed, I wonder why.

      henrybowman in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | May 5, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      I used to fly four times a week for work. I’ve taken exactly two planes this century. One was to a funeral I couldn’t drive to in time, and one was to a son’s wedding in Hawaii I couldn’t drive to at all. Otherwise, if I can’t get there in my RV, I ain’t going. And I’m not above overnighting in low-star campgrounds that aren’t going to give a GGD about certificates.

        Brave Sir Robbin in reply to henrybowman. | May 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm

        You could have taken a cruise ship to Hawaii. Probably not a viable option in COVID-a-topia however.

NorthernNewYorker | May 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

I’m old enough to remember when Eastern Europeans were hopping America-bound flights and spreading a highly-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Nobody demanded proof of a negative tuberculosis test, though if they did, I imagine the same scenario as above would have played out. Holding out as long as I can before I’m forced to take the jab. I really don’t care for how these “vaccines” were pushed through.

I’m trying to figure out if I’m for a ban on commercial air travel without a vaccine or not…

Hmm. Lessee. Reason #4 I’m not going to get a not-vaccination, can’t fly anymore.

Reason 1: Just to piss of the marxist control freaks
Reason 2: I’m not afraid of the virus that can’t be isolated in a lab
Reason 3: I do not participate in corporate / government experiments in my body

But can it be used for voter ID? /s

I identify as an undocumented immigrant. you can’t ask me for vaccine paperwork.

Frank Hammond | May 5, 2021 at 11:03 am

Where can I buy one? – I am expected to re-start business travel in August.

Trying to drive as much as I can before flying.

    Tsquared in reply to Frank Hammond. | May 5, 2021 at 11:42 am

    All it takes is an All-in-one color printer/scanner, cardstock, and printable white Mylar adhesive sheet. Scan a real one and save as png. Open paint Cut the vaccine labels and save to different PNG file. The vaccine labels are the only thing that needs color. Edit the original cut PNG restoring it to a Vaccine card that needs to completed and print it to the cardstock. Open Word and type you legal name and date of birth in Cambria font 10 pt. Copy and paste the png images of the vaccine and lot number in the word document and print. Cut out the stickers and place on card. Less than 15 minutes worth of work for the first one. Any follow up certs take less than a minute.

    This is all hypothetical of course.

Another fine example of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    henrybowman in reply to Saxinis. | May 5, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    The Law of Unintended Consequences usually applies to something unforeseeable. Anyone with any experience with mandatory documents, prohibition law failures, and black markets already saw this coming.

What great news. This is proceeding exactly as expected. Congratulations to the new entrepreneurs. Good luck to anyone who prosecutes this expecting to get a conviction in front of a jury. I predict those juries to do what the Prohibition juries were doing before it was repealed – nullify everything. Cheers –

That’s funny. I don’t see a problem with this.

Get’s a big “So What?” on my care-o-meter.

Great idea. Found a blank online, will fill it out shortly

Guardian79 | May 5, 2021 at 6:48 pm

If people forge passports and foreign documents to get into the U.S., people will forge covid vac cards.

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