South Australian Man captured for faking COVID-19 check-in signs

A man in South Australia has been captured after allegedly placing fake QR code labels protecting official Covid-19 check-in signs in South Plympton, Adelaide.

In some places globally, the governments have supported the public to check in to events and shops they visit by scanning a QR code into a COVID-19 app. When clients used their smartphones to check in signs, they were instead directed to an anti-vaccination website.

An Australian man was arrested for believably putting fake QR codes on official COVID-19 check-in points. The 51-year-old man, namely Colin Mark Davies, from Edwards town, was arrested today. However, he has been charged with two counts of obstructing operations related to pandemic disease, Covid-19.

Australian police warned anyone found to interfere with Covid-19 QR codes allows to arrest. Sequentially they have a fine of cost up to $10,000 (£5,577).

Investigation on fake QR code 

South Australian officers were searched the man’s home and reportedly discovered a double-sided knife. Hence, he was charged with controlling a banned threat when they received charges that fake QR codes were held over official business QR codes at South Plympton, south of Adelaide, on Sunday. Nevertheless, officers went to an Edwardstown location on Wednesday.

Under the state’s Emergency Management Act, Police from the COVID-19 Acquiescence Division arrested 51-year-old man Colin Davies and charged him with two counts of interfering with operations related to COVID-19. 

Mr. Colin Davies has since shown in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, which has caught him placed fake QR codes over valid ones at Franco’s Fruit and Vegetable shop and the South Plympton Bakehouse.

Indeed, Mr. Davies is accused that had terminated contact tracing applications during the pandemic situation. Because of this, the prosecutor argued to refuse the bail for Mr. Davies in the argument.

Mr. Davies’ defense lawyer argued her client should not be in custody. After paying the maximum penalty for the crime was a fine, and it would be “disproportionate” to his offense.

As well as that, she also said that because the knife was found in her client’s bedroom, that defense on the weapons charge was “likely.”

‘Wanted to get his message out’

Mr. Davies has since been released on bail on the criteria that he does not carry any free QR labels. He must reply to a magistrate court in July to be sentenced. However, his lawyer said that he wanted to get his message out to the public.

Furthermore, Magistrate Michelle Sutcliffe said Mr. Davies wounding had the potential to have “severe consequences” but gave him bail.

South Australian Police affirmed that have no personal data have been breached during the incident. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, many pubs and restaurants moved rapidly to install QR code systems.

Clearly, they can be a massive data amount related to standard bar codes. The system can hold up to 2500 numeric characters compared to a bar code’s 43.

However, the helpful information hold in a small box. That includes the names, locations, and website addresses, which can all be certainly and economically.

Finally, Businesses or consumers who assume false QR codes attached to a COVID-19 Safe Plan should contact the police assistance line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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