Brits warned not to share pictures of their Covid-19 lateral flow test online

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People are being warned not to post photos online of their lateral flow coronavirus tests after others have been stealing them to use or supply others with fake Covid passes.

One of the UK’s leading security platforms has reported an increase in fake passes being distributed and warns those caught using it can be hit with a £10,000 fine.

Restrictions have been tightened in recent weeks due to the rise in infections of the Omicron variant.

Shahzad Ali, CEO at Get Licensed, has spoken out over fake Covid passes looking to compromise the safety of venues like nightclubs.

Shahzad said: “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."

Shahzad also warned people about the dangers of posting their lateral flow test results on social media.

He said: “There is obviously going to be a market for Covid passes, because there will be people who want to go about their life like normal and not have to take Covid tests for things they didn’t have to before, so it is extremely important that you look after your Covid pass.

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"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.”

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Sky News reported earlier this month that fake or fraudulent EU Covid certificates were being advertised online by criminal groups looking to capitalise on anti-vaccination views across Europe.

The requirement to show an NHS Covid Pass first came into force on October 11, and applies to everyone aged 18 and over. Then, from November 15, it was expanded to include other venues.

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Even though some venues and large events now remain closed as a result of tighter restrictions introduced on Boxing Day in Wales, back in November it was confirmed you need to have an NHS pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Cinemas, theatres or concert halls (the scheme was expanded to include these venues on November 15)
  • Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions
  • Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people
  • Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance
  • Coronavirus
  • Omicron

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