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Thursday, June 24, 2021

SCAM ALERT: Better Business Bureau: Be wary of vaccine passport scams

Vaccine passports – digital records of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status – could be on their way. This is likely to be a QR code on your phone, which you scan to enter a flight or event.

As with any major new initiative, scammers always find ways to take advantage of the confusion and anxiety surrounding the change. The Better Business Bureau is telling people to be on the lookout for vaccine passport cons.

Officials say to be skeptical of any vaccine passport app that claims to be from the U.S. federal government. Right now, the U.S. federal government has no plans to create a national vaccine passport. Email, calls, text messages that claim the government is requiring such a passport are likely scams.

Flying or attending an event? Check with the company directly. You may need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccine to attend an event or board a flight. As with all things related to COVID-19, policies are frequently changing. Be sure to check with your airline, sports team, event venue etc. beforehand to get the latest details.

Send your scam story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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