According to the investigation done by Check Point Report (CPR), the black market for fake vaccine certificates has expanded worldwide. Presently, the fraudsters have started selling certificates in 29 countries which includes India, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
The investigation group has spotted over 5,000 Telegram groups selling fake documents, making it the primary selling platform.
Oded Vanunu, Head of Products, Vulnerability Research, Check Point Software Technologies, "Vendors are choosing to advertise and do business on Telegram because Telegram is less technical to use as compared to the Darknet, allowing them to reach an inordinate amount of people at a fast pace."
In India, many state governments have given instructions and are told to follow certain regulations for those undertaking inter-state travel by road or air to stop further spread of the virus. Travellers are told to provide a negative Covid-19 test result (RT-PCR report) or a vaccination certificate to enter states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand etc.