November 27, 2021 The financial police unmasked a gang of green pass scammers on Telegram.

The operation was carried out as part of an investigation by the IV Department (Fraud and Consumer Protection - Cybercrime) by the Milan public prosecutor, coordinated by the deputy prosecutor Eugenio Fusco and directed by the deputy prosecutors Bianca Maria Baj Macario and Maura Ripamonti .   

The latest generation Bot and Avatar investigation tools, implemented also thanks to the help provided by the IT investigation team of Group-IB, technological partner of Interpol and Europol, combined with an innovative and dynamic 'real time' monitoring network and the application of cutting-edge investigation techniques by the military of the financial police, made it possible to identify and search several Italian citizens in Veneto, Liguria, Puglia and Sicily, administrators of Telegram accounts, who promised numerous' customers '' to provide authentic green passes, equipped with QR codes perfectly suited to pass the controls imposed by current regulations.

The scammers, who ensured the authenticity of the green pass thanks to an alleged complicity of health personnel and who guaranteed users the "satisfied or reimbursed" formula, required payment of the title strictly in cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and Ethereum were the favorites. Crucial, the investigators explain, was the discovery on the numerous devices of the suspects - seized before and analyzed after - of photographs of identity documents and health cards of numerous subjects, reports certifying the negativity of nasopharyngeal swabs, false attestations of satisfaction of customers for counterfeit green passes and, above all, chats from which the underhanded modus operandi adopted by the criminal organization emerges eloquently.   

Numerous users of the network who, attracted by the idea of ​​being able to buy a green pass, without having the title, for a cost of 100 euros, in addition to having lost the agreed sum, have also superficially - also underline the investigators - shared their documents identity, exposing oneself to high risks regarding their illicit use.