November 29, 2021

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Better Business Bureau warns against sharing COVID-19 vaccination card on social media | TheHill – The Hill

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has advised against sharing photos of vaccination cards online, saying scammers may be able to take advantage of the personal information displayed on the card.

In a report released on Friday, the BBB said the fact the cards display a person’s name, birth date and the location where they got their vaccine makes them highly useful for scammers. The organization also cited scammers caught in England selling fake vaccination cards on eBay.

“It’s only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States and Canada,” said the BBB.

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The cards are designed to help officials keep track of who has and hasn’t been vaccinated and there is concern that people may purchase fake cards in order to avoid receiving the vaccine.

The BBB recommends instead posting a photo of a vaccine sticker received upon getting immunized, reviewing security settings on social media accounts and avoiding sharing personal information online such as car information and favorite things.

Vaccination cards are likely to become more common as vaccine rollout increases. The Biden administration has set out to administer at least 100 million doses in its first 100 days.

Last year it was reported that travelers were purchasing fake negative coronavirus test results in order to avoid travel restrictions set by different countries. Seven people were arrested in Paris for selling falsified negative test results in November.

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