Now that millions of Americans are being vaccinated for COVID-19, people are eager to share the news on social media. However, you should never share your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media. That means do not snap a photo of it and upload it to Instagram. That means do not make a video of yourself with your vaccination card and share it with TikTok – just don’t share your vaccination card or the information on it on social media, period.
Now, the Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to all Americans who may feel tempted to share their vaccination card on social media. The organization provides two very good reasons never to share a picture of your vaccination card or share the information on it on social media.
Because the vaccination card contains your personal identifying information, you need to keep it protected. This information includes your name, where you were vaccinated, and your birthdate. If the wrong person got ahold of this information, they might be able to use it to steal your identity. The likelihood of someone stealing your identity through your COVID-19 vaccination card becomes even more likely if you do not enforce strict security settings on your social media accounts. In other words, if your account is public, then you should never share an image of your card online.
Second, the Better Business Bureau warns you not to share your COVID-19 vaccination card online because scammers might try to forge it. These bad guys might want to steal the design and information on your card so they can sell fake vaccination cards on the black market.
According to an online article by the BBB, “Sharing your personal information isn’t the only issue. Scammers in Great Britain were caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok. It’s only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States and Canada. Posting photos of your card can help provide scammers with the information they can use to create and sell phony ones.”
Just because you shouldn’t share your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media does not mean you cannot share your excitement to finally be vaccinated! Instead of posting images of your card, try to do something different – like sharing an image of your vaccination sticker.
Other options to celebrate being vaccinated include updating your profile picture on major social media networks like Instagram and Facebook to include a frame that details how you’ve been vaccinated.
Lastly, do not let some social media scammer trick you into giving them your COVID-19 vaccination card information. Some scam artists are creating social media prompts that urge people to share an image of their vaccination card and other personal information. Although some of these prompts might be innocuous, there are others that have a nefarious purpose.
Whatever you do, do not share an image of your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media – no matter who urges you to do it.
Have you received a COVID-19 vaccination card yet? If not, do you plan on getting vaccinated when it’s available to you?
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