The Illinois Attorney General’s office issued an alert to warn citizens of a new COVID vaccine card scam. Many people are excited to have received their COVID vaccine, and are posting pictures of their vaccine reminder cards on social media. Cybercriminals use the information that is on the vaccine card to get the person’s social security number and other private information to steal their online identity.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said,
“People are understandably excited about the vaccine and the hope it offers, but they should refrain from posting pictures of their vaccine cards on social media, as thieves can use the information on the cards to access and steal additional personal information.”
The FBI has advised against posting photos of your vaccine card on social media because your personal information from that card can also be used to make fake cards and commit fraud. If you suspect you are a victim of a COVID vaccine card scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438.
Illinois authorities are also investigating reports of fake vaccine cards circulating online for sale.
Senior citizens are the group that’s most vulnerable to a COVID-19 vaccine card scam, as well as other fraudulent requests. The COVID crisis has led to other scams targeting the elderly and retirees:
• Fraudulent request for money or personal information
• Unemployment and COVID relief benefit fraud
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