In order to prevent and control the novel coronavirus pandemic, many countries require passengers to enter the country or take a flight with a negative nucleic acid test certificate.
However, in some countries, criminals have taken advantage of this opportunity to manufacture and sell fake coronavirus test certificates.
In late January, a man was arrested outside London’s Luton Airport on suspicion of selling fake coronavirus test certificates.
At the end of January, police in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, said they had arrested eight people on suspicion of participating in selling fake COVID-19 negative certificates to passengers.
Last November, French police cracked a similar case at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, arresting seven suspects.
Earlier this month, Europol issued a warning that criminals are using travel restrictions during the pandemic to sell fake COVID-19 negative certificates, up to 300 euros, or about 2,330 yuan.
Europol Jari Liukku, head of the European Criminal Center for Major European Organizations, is very worried that these organized crimes will endanger public health.
According to Europol, criminals can almost make false testimony by using technical tools such as high-definition copiers and computer software.
Europol also warned that “the manufacture and sale of false test certificates will continue to occur during the travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic”.