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Why you shouldn’t share pictures of your Covid tests online

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People are being urged not to post images of lateral flow tests with negative results for Covid-19 on social media as criminals use them to create fake passports.

Some UK venues, such as B. Nightclubs require customers to present a negative test or proof of their vaccination status before entering.

Safety experts are now warning that an illegal trade is developing, with scammers using details from tests posted online to provide others with false negatives, allowing them to sneak into venues.

They warn that those who post these images could inadvertently pose a threat to public health measures.

Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed – a company that helps businesses with security – said it was “inevitable” that fake Covid passports would surface once venues started asking for proof of status.

“We have seen fake documents for many years, for example fake IDs have been a staple of nightclubs for a number of years. This is just a new complication that door attendants will soon get used to,” he said Wales Online.

He added: “There’s obviously going to be a market for Covid passports because there will be people who want to go about their lives as usual and not need to get Covid tests for things they didn’t have to before, so it’s so extreme important to take care of your covid passport.

“Our advice would be to avoid posting it on social media, not to share the lateral flow code you took as others could register it as their test.”

Mr Ali also said that not only was it “grossly unethical and very dangerous” for people to issue Covid passports, but it could also result in “a £10,000 fine if you are caught”.

Fake Covid passports are also known to be circulating in France, where authorities began investigating online networks selling them back in December.

Officials have identified several thousand fake Covid health passports in use across the country, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said.

The case of a woman with Covid who died in a Paris regional hospital after presenting a false vaccination card drew attention from the French media.

Mr Darmanin said around 400 investigations have been launched into the peddling of fake passports, including some “linked to healthcare professionals”.

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