Fake Green Passes: the teenager from Lazio, Russian hackers and the model from Genoa

A business worth over twenty thousand euros, set up by a seventeen-year-old from Lazio on behalf of Russian hackers: an affair that seems like a movie, revealed by the complaint of a Genoese model

There are still those who sell fake Green Passes on Telegram and those who buy them, but there are also the investigations of the Postal Police, which shed light on this business that some criminals carry on almost in the light of day. What not even the Polposta expected, however, is that to sell the certificates in Italy was a kid.

And, instead, it was just like that: a seventeen-year-old "from a good family" in Lazio, from his room and without the knowledge of his parents, sold fake Green Passes produced in Russia on Telegram channels specially created to scam hundreds of people. The Polposta describes this boy as "a young criminal entrepreneur," but his parents thought their son was making some money selling upgrades for online games. But it was not "some money", since the Postal Police discovered that the gain, in a few months, exceeded 20 thousand euros.

Green Passes on Telegram: the business

According to what the Postal Police reconstructed, the roles in the deal of the fake Green Passes were very clear: a group of cybercriminals produced them in Russia, while the young Italian managed several Telegram channels created only to sell the counterfeit certificates.

The fake Green Passes on Telegram were sold for 150 euros, with discounts for multiple purchases, and to buy them you had to give the criminals your ID, health card and make the payment by one of the indicated methods.

The guy, however, with the Genoese model went too far: the fake Green Pass never arrived and, after receiving the woman's protests, he threatened her with denunciation and further retaliation.

Green Pass on Telegram: what you risk

This story clearly shows what you risk buying a fake Covid certificate on Telegram: not only the Green Passes sold are fake and not working, but sometimes they do not even arrive.

As the Postal Police explains, then, with personal data and copies of identity documents Russian hackers did everything: they opened online bank accounts, created credit cards and accounts on E-commerce platforms and used all this to commit other crimes in a "potentially infinite" cycle.