The San Diego District Attorney’s Office warned the public about ads on social media sites offering fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, saying it was a crime to make and sell them.
Vaccine cards are designed to provide recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine with information about the type of vaccine received and provide a record of data for their GPs, the DA said in a press release.
“COVID-19 vaccine cards contain official seals from the US government, and unauthorized copying of these seals is illegal in California and is a violation of federal criminal law,” the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor’s office stated that anyone who trades in false vaccination cards can be prosecuted for forging seals or misidentifying an officer.
Prosecutors also reminded the public not to post photos of their vaccination cards on social media sites as personal information could be stolen to commit fraud.
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Anyone who had information about suspicious activity related to forged vaccination cards was asked to contact the appropriate government agency in their state or jurisdiction, the US Department of Health’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or www.oig . to turn to .hhs.gov.