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Why you shouldn’t buy fake covid-19 vaccination cards or negative test results

Vaccination-Needle Poised Above Arm Red ShirtEvery day, more businesses, government agencies, and schools are requiring proof that you’ve had a covid-19 vaccine or you’ve recently tested negative before you can enter a building or attend an event.

Scammers, always looking for new opportunities, are selling fake items, such as fake vaccination cards, certificates, and test results.

Colleen Tressler, senior project manager for the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Consumer and Business Education, offers the following advice:

  • Know that buying fake vaccine cards, making your own, or filling in blank cards with false information is illegal and could get you fined and perhaps result in jail time.
  • Don’t share personal information with people you don’t know. Scammers will steal it and sell it or use it to steal your identity.
  • Get vaccinated or get a negative test, the only legitimate way to obtain proof that you’re vaccinated or that you test negative. If you lose that proof, check with your state health department or the place you received your vaccination to find out how you can get a replacement.

If you see a fake vaccine card, report it to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services at 800-HHS-TIPS or oig.hhs.gov, or file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

You can also file a report with the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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