25 July 2021 10:35
Beware of the green pass scam on WhatsApp. The postal police warn citizens about the scam via WhatsApp on the green pass set up a few weeks ago, and apparently back in vogue after the Draghi government introduced the compulsory certificate to access numerous services, starting with Friday 6 August. The scam was designed to get hold of personal data and bank details. Here’s how to spot the scam.
The scam on the green pass with a message on WhatsApp
The text of the message on WhatsApp says: “In this link you can download the green certificate Green Pass COVID-19 which allows you to move freely throughout Italy without a mask”. Once (unfortunately) clicked on the link, the user accesses a fake institutional page where there are counterfeit logos very similar to the originals. The page asks you to enter your personal and bank details, which are then used for fraudulent purposes. In addition to the WhatsApp channel, other scams are circulating via email, and are already on sale – on the dark web – counterfeit green passes, at a cost of around one hundred euros.
The recommendation is to download the certificate only in one of the official methods declared by the government (here you will find all the necessary information), and certainly not on WhatsApp. We remind you that the text of the sms with the certificate says: “Green Covid-19 certification of **** available. Use AUTHCODE ************ and Health Card on www.dgc.gov.it o App Immune o wait for notification on App IO “. Any message deemed suspicious must be reported on the postal police portal at the following address: www.commissariatodips.it.