You don’t want to lose your v-card to an internet predator.
As more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus, ecstatic shot recipients can’t help sharing good news on social media. However, the Better Business Bureau is warning against posting vaccination cards publicly as this can make one susceptible to scams.
“Your card has your full name and birthday on it, as well as information about where you got your vaccine,” the BBB cautioned in a statement. As a result, uploading shot certificates online could make people the target of identity theft, especially if they don’t have their privacy settings set on “high,” per the PSA.
In addition, swindlers can use the info from cards to create phony immunization tickets.
BBB reported that scammers in Great Britain were caught selling counterfeit vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok, and that it was “only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States and Canada.”
If you must post proof of inoculation on social media, the watchdog recommends substituting the vaccination card with an info-less vaccine sticker, or encircling one’s profile picture with a COVID-19-themed frame.
Vaccine recipients can mitigate the chances of getting hornswoggled by checking their privacy settings to ensure that posts are only visible to family and friends.
Unfortunately, bootleg shot certificates aren’t the only scams circulating on social media. BBB warns people to refrain from participating in “viral personal posts, such as listing all the cars you’ve owned (including makes/model years), favorite songs and top 10 TV shows” as “some of these ‘favorite things’ are commonly used passwords or security questions.”
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