The fake COVID vaccination cards rampant online

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A black market for fake vaccination cards is reaching epidemic proportions online.

Scammers are selling counterfeit three-by-four-inch cards on retail sites such as eBay, Etsy and Shopify, as well as social media sites Facebook and TikTok, the New York Times reported this week.

The Post, meanwhile, found dozens of DIY guides online for printing fake vaccination cards at home.

Counterfeiting has exploded in recent weeks following news that an official vaccination record may soon become a central requirement for air travel and attending events.

And sellers and buyers are breaking federal law by forging vaccine documents and fraudulently reproducing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo, which appears in the upper right corner of every card.

In warning that counterfeiters risk prosecution, the Federal Bureau of Investigation advises, “If you haven’t received the vaccine, don’t buy fake vaccine cards, make your own vaccine cards, or fill out vaccines. blank vaccination cards with false information. “

The Federal Bureau of Investigation advises people not to post their vaccination cards online to prevent counterfeiters from stealing personal information.
The FBI advises people not to post their vaccination cards online to prevent counterfeiters from stealing personal information.
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“We recommend that you do not post pictures of your vaccination card on social networking sites,” the site warns.

According to Saoud Khalifah, the founder of Fakespot, which offers data analytics to help detect counterfeit items online, scammers are also selling fraudulent vaccine stamps.

“People post, ‘Do you want the Moderna or do you want the Pfizer stamp? He told the Post.

“The map dictates where you can go and what you can do,” he said.

“Some people may not want the vaccine, but they want to go somewhere. So they will buy this fake vaccine card with a fake stamp and work their way through the system. Too bad. “

Meanwhile, 46 attorneys general have demanded that Twitter, eBay and Shopify take “immediate” action to monitor their platforms and “promptly” remove posts selling fake cards.

In a statement to The Post, global marketplace Etsy said it is “removing posts that advertise the items.”

Fakespot founder Saoud Khalifah claims fraudsters are selling fraudulent vaccine stamps.
Fakespot founder Saoud Khalifah claims fraudsters are selling fraudulent vaccine stamps.
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And eBay told The Post the company is “taking significant steps to block or promptly remove items” that make false health claims or can be used to “misrepresent that a person has received the vaccine.”

In December, eBay removed or blocked around 50 million listings that violated their COVID-19 policies, ranging from toilet paper and disinfectant wipes that drive up prices to items making false medical claims.

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