Vaccination Cards and Phishing Scams

Now that we have vaccinations rolling out for people, aged 16 years and older, in the U.S., we are starting to see a new trend for cybercriminals in 2021.  

Once you receive the vaccine, please think twice before posting your vaccination card. All the vaccination cards have your name, date and location of vaccination on them. Publishing this vital information on social media is a gold mine for cybercriminals looking to steal your identity. It has also resulted in fraud, in which those cards are resold to people who have yet to be vaccinated but want a pass to travel freely. 

We want you to stay safe and protect your privacy. We also want to prevent phishing scams surrounding the vaccine and forged vaccination cards. The FBI issued a warning to those selling or buying vaccination cards. 

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

By not posting your vaccination card, you are protecting yourself as well as the community at large. So, the next time you want to post about your vaccination card, please don’t. Instead, post your “I got vaccinated” sticker on social media to show that you have been vaccinated. If you already posted your card without covering your personal information, take it down. Helping scammers obtain valuable information that can potentially harm the community around you is punishable for up to five years in prison.  

Protect yourself – and others around you, too!