DA’s Office Warns Of Rise In Online Scams Offering Fake Vaccination Cards | #socialmedia


Credit: Dalia Mohammad

Above: Community health worker Dalia Mohammad holds her immunization card and a COVID-19 vaccine sticker after receiving her first dose at the San Diego County vaccination super site at Petco Park, Jan. 11, 2021.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office issued a warning Thursday regarding advertisements popping up on social media websites offering fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, the purveyors of which could face criminal prosecution.

The DA’s Office said those producing and/or selling phony vaccination cards could face both federal and state criminal charges, as COVID-19 vaccine cards contain official U.S. government seals, making it illegal to duplicate without authorization both under federal and California law.

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Those who have received the vaccines were also advised against posting pictures of their vaccine cards on social media, as doing so could lead to one’s personal information being stolen for fraudulent purposes.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity involving fake vaccination record cards was asked to contact the appropriate governmental agencies in one’s state or jurisdiction, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or www.oig.hhs.gov or the Internet Crime Complaint Center online.

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