According to a report in the daily newspaper Kurier, the Ministry of the Interior has recently noticed an accumulation of falsified coronavirus tests when entering and leaving Austria.
According to the report, 46 fakes were seized from April 8 to 12. However, the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.
Fake coronatests at the borders: High penalties
The modus operandi varies, as ministry spokesman Patrick Maierhofer confirmed. In addition to professionally forged documents, very amateurish forgeries would also come to light again and again. The false tests could have costly consequences: Document forgery can result in a fine of several thousand euros and a prison sentence of up to one year.
This is how much fake coronatests cost
Nevertheless, according to the “Kurier,” the trade in counterfeit Corona tests is likely to flourish throughout Europe. Authorities in Switzerland and Germany also report that forgeries are frequently uncovered. The documents can be bought on various platforms on the Internet. There are also offers via WhatsApp. According to the report, the costs amount to around 100 euros.
- sources: vienna.at and kurier.at/picture: ndr.de
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