COVID Vaccination Cards Being Counterfeited & Sold Online

New York, USA - February 14 2021: Vaccination record card. Vaccination form during the coronavirus epidemic on the medical table

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I’m not sure who still needs to hear this, but stop posting your COVID-19 vaccination cards online for social media clout because you could actually be doing some harm.

According to the New York Post, fake and counterfeit COVID vaccination cards are spreading like wildfire online and being sold on a number of websites like eBay, Etsy, and Shopify. There are also DIY instructions to help you counterfeit your own card.

A big reason for the influx of fake COVID vaccination cards is the possibility that they will be needed for travel and the controversial discussions about COVID passports.

So it really comes as no surprise that internet opportunists are looking for a way to cash in.

“We recommend you do not post photos of your vaccine card to social media websites,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns. 

Saoud Khalifah, the founder of Fakespot, says people are even choosing whether they want Moderna or Pfizer stamps on their counterfeit cards.

“People post, ‘Do you want the Moderna or do you want the Pfizer stamp?'” he said. “The card dictates where you can go and what you can do.

“Some people might not want the vaccine, but they want to go somewhere. So they’ll buy this fake vaccine card with a fake stamp and trick their way through the system. It’s a shame.”

And if you do think about getting a counterfeit vaccination card, don’t. It could lead to prosecution.

“If you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill in blank vaccination record cards with false information,” the FBI states.

The Federal Trade Commission issued an advisory on COVID vaccine scams earlier this year which warns against making a payment to be put on a list or have an appointment scheduled for a vaccine.

Be smart out there, folks.

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