COVID Vaccine Card

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued a warning about fake COVID-19 vaccine cards being sold online.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued a warning about fake COVID-19 vaccine cards being sold online.

Landry joined a bipartisan coalition of 45 attorneys general in urging tech giants Twitter, eBay, and Shopify “to act immediately in preventing people from marketing and selling blank or fraudulently completed COVID vaccine cards bearing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on their platforms.”

“The use of your platform to disseminate the deceptive marketing and sales of fake vaccine cards is a threat to residents of our states,” Landry and his colleagues said in letters.

“As a result, we are asking you to take immediate action to prevent your platform from being used as a vehicle to commit these fraudulent and deceptive acts that harm our communities.”

Legitimate vaccination cards are only given by providers when they administer the vaccine, but people who buy fake cards can have their own information added to the card or add it in themselves to appear vaccinated when they have not been.

“The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards threatens the health of our communities, slows progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and is a violation of the laws of many states,” Landry said.

Landry and his colleagues requested the Big Tech CEOs to do the following:

-- Monitor their platforms for ads or links marketing or selling, or otherwise indicating the availability of, blank or fraudulently completed vaccine cards

-- Promptly take down ads or links identified through that monitoring

-- Preserve records – such as the content, username, and actual user identity – pertaining to any such ads or links

Landry said consumers can report COVID scams to the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling 866-720-5721 or filing an online complaint at www.justice.gov/DisasterComplaintForm.

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