Drug trafficking: fake prescriptions circulating on Telegram

Several million euros are defrauded from Health Insurance thanks to false prescriptions obtained on the secure messaging application Telegram. By contacting an account, it would be possible in a few clicks to pay for a prescription and thus recover drugs that can be resold in other countries. The traffickers thus ensure themselves a loot which can range from 200 to 1,000 euros per day.

A Telegram account that promises to get rich thanks to the health insurance scam

The scam was reported by magistrate Charles Prats’ Twitter account, which shows how trafficking for example of Subutex (substitution medicine used in opioid addiction) and globally for expensive drugs, for example those used in treatments, works. against cancer, which are then sent abroad.

Other networks like Snapchat also allow some people to get prescriptions for expensive drugs to resell. Last February, Le petit journal reported the case of three men arrested in Valencia for having tried to buy Tagrisso 80 mg (used in the treatment of certain cancers) for a value of 5,000 euros, resold on the black market for a price of up to 10,000 euros.

False prescription fraud is severely punished by law

Anyone who obtains a drug by issuing a false prescription risks up to five years in prison and fines of up to 375,000 euros without taking into account the possible reimbursement of the money that may have been given. The fraudster can also see his health insurance contract terminated.

The biometric vital card aims to prevent this type of scam

To reduce the risk of falsification, a biometric vital card is being studied. Fitted with a chip, it could store a copy of fingerprints, which would certify that the person receiving treatment or medication is indeed the owner of the vital card.


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