COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (KRDO) – To prevent fraudulent vaccination cards from being circulated online, 45 attorneys general, including Colorado’s Phil Weiser, are calling on social media and technology companies to take action against them.
In a letter to the CEOs of Twitter, Shopify and eBay, officials urged companies to take steps to prevent counterfeit vaccine cards from being sold on their platforms.
“We have become aware that your platforms are being used to market and sell blank or fraudulently completed COVID vaccination cards with the logo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the letter said.
Officials are asking companies to find and remove ads or sales of the cards from their platforms and to keep records of “such as the content, username, and actual user identity relating to such ads or links”.
The FBI recently issued similar guidelines.
Colorado law allows a person to be prosecuted for fraud. Attorney General Phil Weiser said this is absolutely true in this case.
“We want to use the extent of our authority to investigate scammers … If we can track down a scammer who is engaging in any number of programs, and we’ve seen a lot during the pandemic, including handing out their fake vaccine cards, we will work to hold them accountable, “said Weiser.
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