Did you get your COVID-19 vaccine? Did you then post your card on social media?
If the answer’s yes, then congratulations! You probably attracted a scammer!
The Better Business Bureau has revealed that they’ve seen an uptick in identity theft due to people sharing their vaccination cards on their socials. Those cards include your full name, birth date, and where you got your vaccine at, which means the scammers also have access to your hometown.
Not only that, but in Great Britain, enterprising scammers also were selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok. Which is another reason to ban TikTok, but that’s another president.
For safe sharing on social media, the BBB recommends:
- Share your vaccine sticker or use a profile frame, instead. Facebook just so happens to already have one.
- Review your security settings. Do it on all your social platforms to make sure you know what you’re sharing and with whom.
- Be wary of answering popular social media prompts. We get it. It’s fun to be involved with the latest viral trend. But joining in on showing your vaccine card, or listing all the cars you’ve owned, or any of your favorite things, for that matter, just give scammers clues as to your password. Unless you use the ridiculous Google recommended one that’s fine if I’m only on Chrome, Google, but if I’m trying to log into Netflix on my Roku, I’m not using FU&*-012Li28MMI5. No way I’m remembering that.
If you have been a victim of fraud, the BBB has resources you can use at bbb.org.