FBI Issues Warning About Fake Vaccine Cards
Posted in Consumer Protection, In the news on April 7, 2021
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a new warning to the public: if you make or buy a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, you are breaking the law.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the FBI are advising the public to be aware of:
- Individuals selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards
- Individuals encouraging others to print fake cards at home
Fake vaccination record cards have been advertised on social media, blogs and e-commerce sites.
If you did not receive the vaccine:
- Do not buy fake vaccine cards.
- Do not make your own vaccine cards.
- Do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information.
By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, the unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal is a crime that is punishable by law.
One more piece of advice from the FBI: if you did receive the vaccine, avoid posting pictures of your vaccine card on social media websites—your personal information could be stolen to commit fraud.