04 Feb 2021
Europol has warned EU authorities to be on the watch for organised crime gangs selling fake Covid-negative test certificates at airports, sometimes for as much as 300 euros each.
Monday’s warning issued by the EU law enforcement agency comes after police arrested several suspects selling forged certificates declaring people had tested negative for Covid-19 at airports in France and the UK, as well as online and through mobile chat groups in Spain and the Netherlands.
Many EU countries now require proof that passengers are not infected by the disease, which has killed more than 2.2 million people worldwide.
“As long as travel restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic, it is very likely that criminals will seize the opportunity of producing and selling fake Covid-19 test certificates,” Europol said.
By David Coffey, Radio France International, 2 February 2021
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