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MILAN—Italian police said on Saturday they had broken up a number of online schemes offering to sell fake European Union digital COVID-19 status certificates or purported coronavirus vaccines. The investigation, coordinated by the cyber crime prosecutor’s office in Milan, showed that thousands of people were ready to pay for false certificates, a police statement said. The EU on Thursday launched a digital COVID-19 certificate designed to help citizens travel across the 27-nation bloc and open up summer tourism. The certificate features a “QR” code that indicates if a traveler has been fully vaccinated or has recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection or tested negative. The police said they had seized control of 10 channels on the encrypted messaging service Telegram linked to anonymous accounts on marketplaces in the so-called dark web, through which it was possible to contact the sellers, who required payment in cryptocurrency. Prices ranged from 110 to …