BBB: don’t share your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that sharing photos of their COVID-19 vaccination cards on social media can make them vulnerable to identity theft and can help scammers create phony versions of the cards.
The vaccination cards contain both your name and birthday, as well as information on where you received your shot. Depending on how your privacy settings are configured, you may be unintentionally providing valuable information for would-be identity thieves.
Scammers in Great Britain have already been caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok, and the BBB believes it’s only a matter of time before such cons make their way to the U.S. and Canada.
“If you’ve already posted your card to social media, I encourage you to take the picture down,” said BBB President Jim Hegarty. “BBB also suggests these tips for sharing vaccine news safely on social media.”
Instead of posting a picture of your vaccination card, the BBB suggests sharing a photo of your vaccine sticker or setting a Facebook profile picture frame. Additionally, make sure to check the security settings across your social media profiles to see what you are sharing and with whom you’re sharing it.
Be wary of answering popular social media prompts — not just about COVID-19 vaccination cards — but other viral personal posts, such as listing all the cars you’ve owned, favorite songs, and top 10 TV shows. Some of those “favorite things” are commonly used passwords or security questions.