Fake green-passes for sale on the dark web, Finance closes 10 Telegram channels
The Guardia di Finanza, as part of an investigation by the Milan prosecutor’s office, identified and seized 10 Telegram channels and accounts, which referred to anonymous accounts on specific Marketplaces on the Dark-Web, where it was possible to buy vials of anti-Covid vaccine as well as false vaccination certificates. All by paying strictly in cryptocurrencies. On the day of the entry into force of the European vaccine certification essential to be able to return to travel freely, a potential business of counterfeit Green passes was therefore thwarted, bearing false identification data of the vaccinee, the relative QR Code, specially generated, as well as the number that distinguishes the batch of origin of the first and second vaccine doses. According to what was misleadingly reported by cyber-criminals, these fake “Green Passes” were also deliverable to those residing in non-EU countries (namely: United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland). Thousands of users of the network – even in the face of unreasonable prices and very high health risks – have registered on the illegal channels in search of vaccines and ‘Green Pass’, attracted by the photos of the vials and certificates and by the opportunity to buy packages all inclusive, the price of which ranged from 110 to 130 euros, with guarantee of anonymity, shipment traceability, refrigerated temperature packaging, certification of vaccine administration.