Social media posts of COVID-19 vaccine cards lead to scams, identity theft

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

The Better Business Bureau is advising consumers not to post photos of their COVID-19 vaccine cards on social media after an uptick in scams and concerns about potential identify theft.

In a Jan. 29 blog post, the BBB urged consumers to practice safe social media practices after many people have started posting selfies online of themselves receiving the shot or holding up their vaccination cards. 

The COVID-19 vaccine cards show the recipient's full name, birthdate and where they got their shot, all of which are valuable information that hackers and scammers can use. The BBB also warned about ongoing scams in Britain, where scammers were caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok, according to the blog post.

The BBB said it is likely similar scams will make their way to the U.S. and Canada.

Rather than post selfies with their vaccination cards, the BBB instead recommends sharing pictures of a vaccine sticker or updating profile photos with a frame to convey you have received the vaccine. 


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