There are adverts for fake COVID-19 Vaccine cards going around the internet. It is important that you note that these cards are fake and should not be purchased. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Inspector General have noticed a new scam making rounds. This scam promises to supply people with vaccine record cards. This action is punishable by law. The FBI has stated that the production and purchase of any fake COVID-19 vaccine card is unlawful and could be regarded as a breach of the law.
Many scams have arisen as a result of the pandemic. We’ve had charity scams, drug scams, and now vaccine card scams.
Vaccine cards or vaccination cards are cards that contain information about the owner, the type of vaccine they received, and when they will be able to receive the second dose of the vaccine. A fake version of this card is unlawful and deadly for several reasons.
Purchasing a fake COVID-19 vaccine card and using it to access public spaces such as schools, transportation, gym, companies, and even hospitals places others in those locations at risk. The coronavirus has not been wiped out; therefore, it is important that we remember the very deadly effects it has. Using a fake vaccine card could exempt you from having to wear a face mask. If you’re not vaccinated and you go to these public spaces, you’re putting others and yourself at risk.
The production of fake cards is wrong for ethical reasons. However, it is also unlawful in the following ways.
- The unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal – The vaccine cards have to be stamped; therefore, the production of a fake card with a fake seal is against the law. According to the FBI, this is punishable under Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1017.
- Stolen Information – The information of fake vaccine cards is always stolen. This means that the number and details on the card all belong to another person. This could be seen as theft.
The adverts for these fake Covid-19 vaccination cards come in one of two forms;
- Purchase the Actual Card – You could receive an advert to purchase a fake vaccine card that is identical to the real card. These ads can appear on different websites, so it’s important to disregard any sort of advert with this inclination. Vaccines are free, and so are the cards. You will not be required to purchase any sort of item or card when receiving the vaccine.
- Print your own Card – Some scammers have decided to take the easy way out and have you print your fake vaccine card. This will put you at risk because there will be no one else to blame. Remember that the sellers and buyers of counterfeit vaccine cards are both breaking the law.
If you notice any suspicious activity or know anyone who is producing fake vaccine cards for sale, please contact the appropriate government agency (i.,e. the police) in your vicinity or file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.