A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington D.C. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 45 other state attorneys general are urging Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to stop scammers from selling blank or fraudulently completed COVID-19 vaccine cards bearing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on their platforms, according to a press release from Landry’s office.
“The use of your platform to disseminate the deceptive marketing and sales of fake vaccine cards is a threat to residents of our states,” the officials said in joint letters to the tech companies. “As a result, we are asking you to take immediate action to prevent your platform from being used as a vehicle to commit these fraudulent and deceptive acts that harm our communities.”
Providers give patients legitimate vaccination cards when they administer the coronavirus vaccine. People who buy fake cards can have their own information added to the card or add it in themselves, making it appear they have been vaccinated when they have not.
“The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards threatens the health of our communities, slows progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and is a violation of the laws of many states,” Landry said.
Landry and his colleagues requested the tech companies:
- Monitor their platforms for ads or links marketing or selling, or otherwise indicating the availability of blank or fraudulently completed vaccine cards
- Promptly take down ads or links to any cards
- Preserve records — such as the content, username and actual user identity — pertaining to any such ads or links
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