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Don't post your official COVID-19 vaccine card online, BBB warns

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, a nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)
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Your official COVID-19 vaccination record will include personal information, including your date of birth

Sharing your COVID-19 record of vaccination could put you at risk for identity theft

Scammers can find your vaccination card, if you share it on social media, and use it to create fake records

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As more people receive their COVID-19 vaccines, there’s a warning for those who like to document their lives on social media.

When you get an official vaccination record, it will include a lot of personal information.

“Your full name, your date of birth, details about your COVID-19 vaccination process — including the dates that you received each particular stage of the vaccine — all of that detail would be there,” Karla Laird with the Better Business Bureau listed.

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She says even though it might seem exciting to share a photo of the card, don’t do it.

“You posting it on social media might be a great way to celebrate and at the same time, encourage others to do the same,” she admitted. “But you do run the risk of exposing yourself to identity theft, and you also create an opportunity for scammers to utilize this same information that you posted.”

Laird notes the information can help scammers create fake immunization records.

“We’ve seen instances in Europe where they’re taking pictures of other people’s vaccination cards and creating fake ones that they’re selling … on eBay and TikTok,” she explained.

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While there have been no reports of the scam here in Canada, Laird says they can start spreading quickly.

“Scams are are very quick to develop. They take no time to move from one jurisdiction to another … It’s only a matter of time before it gets to our shores,” she said.

She adds some places offer a vaccine sticker, and you could post that instead. She also suggests setting a frame around your social media profile picture, as another way to celebrate your inoculation.

– With files from Paul James