Instagram recently ran an ad offering fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates. The case, which happened in Australia, where registration is being required as a means of proof of immunization, was seen by a user of the social network who printed the advertisement and sent it to the tabloid The Guardian Australia.

The certificate is digital – very similar to the one in Brazil – and is available on the Australians' phone from an app, the Service NSW. In the false ad, which appeared among the Stories, the document would also be available on mobile, however, from the 'Medicare Express' app or the 'myGov' account.

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According to the gringo website, the vehicle contacted the Facebook, owner of Instagram, to investigate the case. After contact, the fake account was deleted. An Instagram spokesman confirmed the account's suspension for violating the company's guidelines on fraud and deception. However, the social network did not comment on what value the company received from the advertising or how many people the publication reached.

Instagram displays advertisement offering fake Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Image: Reproduction/Instagram
Instagram displays advertisement offering fake Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Image: Reproduction/Instagram

Lack of security regarding vaccination certificates in Australia

The report also highlighted that the forgery of vaccination certificates against Covid-19 in Australia has been possible due to the government not having implemented security measures and verification on the document.

In an interview with Full Story podcast, developer Richard Nelson said that it is so easy to create fake certificates that it can be done in 10 minutes.

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Australia's vaccination rate reached 70% of the 16+ population on Wednesday (20). Also according to the tabloid, so far, there have been no reports of people trying to present false certificates and the main problems in places came from people who were not fully vaccinated or who did not have the proof of vaccination.

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