More and more places are requiring proof that you have received a COVID-19 vaccine or that you have recently tested negative before giving you access. Scammers see an opportunity to profit from the sale of bogus tools or verification products, such as fake vaccination cards, certificates and test results.
- Be aware that buying fake vaccination cards, making your own, or filling out blank cards with false information is illegal and could fined you or even sent you to jail.
- Don’t share personal information with people you don’t know. The crooks will turn the situation around and sell your data or use it to commit identity theft.
- The only legitimate way to get proof that you are vaccinated – or that your test is negative – is to get vaccinated or test negative. If you lose this proof, check with your state’s health department or where you got the vaccine to find out how you might get a replacement.
If you spot a fake vaccination card, report it to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or oig.hhs.gov, or file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.
You can also file a report with the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Your report can make a difference. We use reports like yours to investigate, raise law enforcement cases and alert people to scams to watch out for so they can protect themselves, their friends and family.
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