Buying, selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could land you in hot water

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – As millions more continue to be vaccinated across the country, some are choosing not to receive the vaccine. With the possibility of travel restrictions being put in place for those without the vaccine, some are turning to buying and selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

“There are websites that are being created to sell fake vaccine cards to look like the CDC cards that some people are opting to pay for, instead of actually getting the vaccine,” said Chris Babin with the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana.

Officials are warning against people posting and sharing their vaccine information on social media to ensure their information is not stolen.

“We would caution people against that because your personal information is on that card and not share it because things you put on social media isn’t as protected as you might think,” Babin said.

It’s also possible to be scammed when trying to buy a fake vaccination card, according to Babin.

“Your personal identifiable information could end up in the hands of a scammer because they might need that information to ‘fill out your fake vaccine card’ and also you’re going to have to pay for it, so that financial information can be taken by the scammer,” he said.

To prove a point, NEWS10’s sister station in Lafayette, Louisiana asked their team to recreate a fake vaccination card. Within 15 minutes, they were able to complete the task. Since other people had posted their vaccine information online, like the lot number, product name, and clinic site, it only had to be copied over.

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