How sharing your lateral flow test results online could land you in trouble
Millions across the country will be taking lateral flows ahead of New Year's Eve plans
Sharing your lateral flow test results online could land you in big trouble, as criminal gangs have been copying the codes from pictures and using them to sell fake results.
Using or supplying fraudulent Covid-19 test results is a criminal offence in Ireland.
In the UK, Shahzad Ali the CEO at Get Licensed, warned people about the danger of posting your test results on social media, telling WalesOnline: "We have seen fake documentation for many years, for example, fake IDs have been a regular feature at nightclubs for a number of years.
"This is just a new complication that door supervisors will soon become used to facing. It was always inevitable that fake Covid passes would start to appear as soon as there were rumours of them being introduced.
"Whilst grossly unethical and potentially very dangerous, it is also illegal to use/supply/distribute fake Covid passes and could see you rack up a fine of £10,000 should you be caught."
He added that there is "obviously going to be a market for Covid passes" because of some people's objection to them, so it is "extremely important that you look after your Covid pass."
Ali concluded: "Our advice would be to avoid posting it on social media, don’t share the code from the lateral flow you have taken because others could register it as their test.
"Covid passes will potentially make door supervisors' jobs much more difficult, especially when we consider the consequences of people who are especially forthcoming with their beliefs, it could make the job much more dangerous."