Fake vaccination certificate: not a virus, so a criminal offense

In recent months, a service has appeared in Russia for the production of a certificate or certificate of vaccination against COVID-19. A fake document costs from several thousand to several tens of thousands of rubles, depending on the quality.

Fraudsters can counterfeit in a variety of ways. Some of them will simply print the document on a color printer, indicating a non-existent hospital or hospital that does not provide vaccinations, while others will conduct the documents as if the vaccinations were actually done. There are also those who will invite a client to a real doctor at a vaccination clinic, and he will even get a vaccine, but he will not give an injection, but will pour the contents somewhere. The more complicated the procedure, the more will be charged for a fake.

There are also scammers who simply take money for making a forged document and disappear with them. Their logic is that the victim will not go to the police to complain, as in this case she herself may face punishment.

Roskomnadzor, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other authorities are aware of all these schemes and constantly conduct checks: they block sites advertising illegal services, carry out a test purchase, detaining couriers with fake documents, identify persons interested in buying certificates, etc.

Leaving aside the effectiveness of the vaccine, we are not doctors or scientists to discuss this issue. Another thing is that under the Criminal Code, not only those who produce forged documents are prosecuted, but also those who buy and use them. Article 327 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provides for severe punishment for both parties: up to two years in prison for the manufacturer of the counterfeit and a fine of up to 80 thousand rubles or arrest for up to six months for his “client”.

Do not hope that a fake certificate can protect you from vaccination. The authorities of the Russian Federation are constantly improving methods of monitoring citizens and such an important topic as protection against coronavirus clearly worries them not least. Identifying a fake certificate can definitely be a lot more problematic than getting vaccinated.

Source: iGuides.ru by www.iguides.ru.

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