Better Business Bureau Warns Against Sharing Vaccine Cards Online
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Better Business Bureau Warns Against Sharing Vaccine Cards Online

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DeAnna Taylor
DeAnna Taylor Feb 2, 2021

As more people across the world get vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus, social media has become the place for people to share proof of getting the shot.

After all, if there isn’t a photo, it didn’t really happen.

While the intentions behind the public shares are innocent, the Better Business Bureau is now warning against it.

The cards contain private information that can be used by scammers. Things like your birthdate, vaccination date, and even the location that you received your shot can be used to create fake vaccination cards— likely to be sold on black markets.

Also, with the cards having your full name and birthdate, scammers could potentially use the “dark web” to match your social security number and create credit accounts in your name.

If you are someone who has been lucky enough to get vaccinated early, and you have already shared your card via social, the bureau recommends taking it down as soon as possible.

For those who want to share as a way to encourage others to get the shot, share a photo of your vaccine sticker or set a frame denoting your vaccination status around your profile picture on Facebook instead.

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