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Sunday, July 21, 2024

SCAM ALERT: BBB says don’t share vaccine cards on Facebook

Facebook has gained attention as a prime target area for scammers and now it appears innocent COVID-19 cards can put people at risk.

“If you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine and you’re tempted to share the good news on social media, think twice about posting a photo of your vaccination card,” says an official with the Better Business Bureau. “The self-identifying information on the card makes you vulnerable to identity theft and can help scammers create fake versions of the vaccination cards.”

Here is what the BBB person suggests people should watch for:

• Your COVID-19 vaccination card has your full name and birthday on it, as well as information about where you got your vaccine. If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving away valuable information for anyone to use.
• Sharing your personal information isn’t the only issue. Scammers in Great Britain were caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok. It’s only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States, if not already. Posting photos of your card can help provide scammers with information they can use to create and sell phony ones.

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