An Amazon seller was found selling blank COVID-19 vaccination card kits this week. The post has been deleted. But a re-shared image online shows a pack of 10 blank cards for $12.99.
in the United States Getting the Covid-19 Vaccination And getting a legitimate vaccination card is free.
a small piece of white cardboard given to Americans after receiving all the necessary shots from COVID-19. It’s the only official way to provide immediate evidence of immunization. But according to the FTC, those simple cards that are easily replicated by attackers. It was never designed to prove long-term vaccination status.
Other vendors selling fake vaccine cards have cropped up Etsy, an e-commerce site focused on handmade and vintage items, pro-Trump forums and the Dark Web, according to a recent report.
Etsy and Amazon did not immediately respond to NPR’s requests for comment.
They are all part of the black market for fake vaccination cards. It thrived during the pandemic in the United States and other parts of the world. Authorities have been warning for months of pandemic-related fraud.
Fake vaccine cards not only negatively affect public health. But it’s also illegal. Unauthorized use of a government agency seal can be punished with fines or prison terms of up to five years.
The FBI said earlier this year that “Disguising yourself as being vaccinated when you enter a school, an electric train, a workplace, a gym, or a place of worship. It shows that you and others around you are at risk of contracting COVID-19.”
The FBI and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the investigation into the program.
The state’s attorney general raised the issue in April. It called on tech CEOs to put an end to the phenomenon before it got worse.
In April 47, members of the National Association of Prosecutors sent a letter to the CEOs of Twitter, Shopify and eBay requesting immediate action against malicious actors who spread false information about COVID-19 and used the site to sell vaccine cards. counterfeit
In the letter stated “False and fraudulent marketing and selling of fake COVID vaccine cards threatens the health of our community. Slowly making our residents protected from viruses. And it violates the laws of many states.”
The coalition’s 42 attorney general sent a separate letter to OfferUp, an online mobile marketplace, that month. They asked to do the same after discovering that COVID-19 vaccine cards were sold. fraudulent and empty platform A package of vaccine cards was sold for 40 dollars.
Efforts have been made to stop fraud before it occurs.
So far, the arrest and charge of those behind the sale of vaccination cards against COVID-19. Fakes are very rare.
Todd Anderson, bar owner in California Arrested last month It was charged with selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, believed to be the first project to thwart the pattern.
Anderson was charged with identity theft. forgery of official documents Forgery of medical records And there are handguns that are not registered for ammunition.
In Long Island, a (former) CVS employee was caught with a COVID-19 vaccination card. Dozens of cards he plans to give to family and friends.
to respond to such cases New York legislators begin the process of falsifying or possessing immunization records. This includes the COVID-19 card as a felony. Last week, the New York State Senate passed Law S.4516B.
Senator Anna M. Kaplan, who supported the bill, said at a news conference: “We’ve seen anti-Vaxxers publish online advice on how to create fake cards to bypass vaccination regulations. And we need to stop this effort to defrauding people so that our recovery from the pandemic can move forward.”