Police in Cologne have warned of a group of fraudsters selling fake vaccination certificates, a growing problem the scale of which is still unclear.
The police said the fraudsters worked in encrypted Telegram chats, making investigations difficult, and were selling fake documents with all the stamps and signatures, including a mark about vaccination with BioNTech or AstraZeneca.
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The fraud involved both real traffic in fake documents as well as scams luring customers into paying €100.
People in Germany who are fully vaccinated can show their vaccination booklet, which has a stamp and a sticker inside. Those who don’t have a booklet get a piece of paper.
Covid health passes are currently being rolled out across the EU, with a European health passport expected to be available from mid-June.
Over 44% of the adult population in Germany has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 18% of Germans have been fully vaccinated.
German police have said forged coronavirus vaccine documents are becoming an increasing problem.
Last month, a couple in Baden-Württemberg was accused of selling fake coronavirus vaccination certificates.