COVID-19 fraud warnings tied to photos of vaccination card
The Better Business Bureau is warning the public not to post images of their COVID-19 vaccination card on social media.
The card includes the recipient’s full name, date of birth and other sensitive information. Scammers are using this information to obtain personal information and/or creating imitation cards from the images.
If you decide to share a photo following your COVID-19 vaccine, you are encouraged to only show a vaccination sticker/button or possibly a landmark, such as the Michigan Stadium scoreboard.
In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is warning of fraudulent activity related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Essentially, scammers are leveraging public interest in the vaccine to acquire personal information.
While mostly targeting Medicare beneficiaries, anyone could fall victim to these schemes. Be on alert for phone calls, door-to-door sales, unsolicited emails, and too-good-to-be-true social media posts that phish for personal information, including insurance ID number or payment with the false promise of:
- early access to the COVID-19 vaccine,
- holding a vaccine appointment, or
- special program offerings, such as testing kits or personal protection equipment.
Also, scammers have recently re-created health department websites in an attempt to obtain personal information. These fake sites may be linked in phishing emails and social media posts.
Thank you for doing your due diligence to stay safe from COVID-related scams!