Fake COVID-19 vaccine cards are everywhere: scams, online sales skyrocket with federal warrant
The number of fake COVID-19 vaccine cards available for purchase online is skyrocketing.
Cyber security experts say the number of fake COVID-19 vaccine cards will skyrocket. Analyzing a recent trend in research data, cybersecurity experts say the number of people looking for fake vaccination cards has increased dramatically over the past 30 days.
It turns out that there has also been a significant increase in the number of sellers of fake vaccination cards.
Checkpoint Software Technologies says the cost of a fake vaccination card has doubled to $ 200. The number of sellers on this black market for vaccination cards has also increased tenfold.
“What they don’t think about is that they could put themselves in danger, because often times you share very personal information in order to get your vaccination certificate. Hackers aren’t going to take that information and throw it away, they’re going to monetize it and they’re going to sell your personal information on the dark web, ”said Maya Levine, cybersecurity expert.
The fear and anxiety associated with vaccination warrants is precisely what hackers play on. According to experts, the fake vaccine dossier is the least of the deal from the hacker’s point of view.
The transaction is done digitally, which means that individuals enter personal information, such as address, phone number, credit card payment information, and other personal identifiers.
These hackers are then able to double the fraud by selling a fake vaccine card and then exploit the personal information of the victims.
When the Biden administration launched its latest initiative to vaccinate more than 100 million Americans against COVID-19 using vaccines recently approved by the FDA – the number of suppliers and requests to search for fake vaccination records COVID-19 has skyrocketed again. As part of the plan, any employer with 100 or more workers will need to have all employees vaccinated – or have a weekly COVID-19 test.
In a few weeks, the number of sellers of fake vaccination cards has grown from several hundred to more than 10,000.
“Here is what I expect: The more the government becomes strict on the obligation of these vaccines, the more the black market for these services will flourish,” Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson for Check Point added to Newsweek.
It is against federal and state laws to produce or use a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. State Attorney General Letitia James confirmed this recently in a question-and-answer segment with News10NBC.
It violates federal laws due to the illegal use of a seal of a government agency. This is punishable by a massive fine and up to 5 years in prison.
Given the federal and state laws at play, it’s also likely that employers will fire those who produce or try to use a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. Labor law experts said it comes down to how employers ask workers to certify that they are vaccinated. They will either ask workers to produce a vaccination record or sign a company document.
Those caught using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards can be fired for using one – and for reporting their employer legally. Especially if they meet new federal standards, which will be imposed by the Federal Department of Labor and OSHA. Those who lie about documents attesting to their employer that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine will be fired for lying about these official documents under the same premise.
There is an online complaint portal with New York State, accessible here. Tips can also be sent to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services by clicking here. The FBI is also investigating digital versions of these crimes – so click here to read more about that and report something suspicious to the FBI.
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