Why it’s a bad idea to share your test online, according to Covid.
Negative COVID tests that are shared online are being used by criminals to create fake passes for venues that require them to gain entry, such as nightclubs.
People must have a valid NHS Covid Pass to enter certain venues, which became mandatory last month.
People have taken to social media to share photos of Covid tests they’ve taken since the rule was implemented, along with others.
Now it has been discovered that criminals are using those that are negative to assist in the creation of illegal passes.
Entrants to indoor venues, including nightclubs, must present a valid NHS Covid Pass as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Plan B measures, which were implemented last December.
All indoor events with more than 500 people, outdoor events with more than 4,000 people, and any event with more than 10,000 people are subject to the rule.
In recent days, it has come to light that fraudsters are exploiting people who post images of negative test results online and using their information to provide others with negative results.
As a result, security experts advise against posting images of test results on social media.
When venues started asking for proof of Covid status, Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed, a company that helps businesses with security, said it was “inevitable” that fake Covid passes would appear.
“We’ve seen fake documentation for many years,” he told Wales Online. “Fake IDs, for example, have been a regular feature at nightclubs for a number of years.”
“This is just a new complication that door supervisors will quickly grow accustomed to.”
“Obviously, there will be a market for Covid passes because people will want to go about their lives normally and not have to take Covid tests for things they didn’t have to before, so it’s critical that you take care of your Covid pass.”
“Avoid posting it on social media, and don’t share the code from the lateral flow you took because it could be mistaken for someone else’s test.”
Mr Ali warned that not only is making Covid passes “grossly unethical and very dangerous,” but it could also lead to.
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