TOPEKA – (April 1, 2021) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today called on the CEOs of three online platforms to act immediately to prevent the sale of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Schmidt joined a coalition of 44 other state and territorial attorneys general who wrote the CEOs of Twitter, eBay and Shopify as reports of fraudulent cards that have the appearance of being issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began appearing in online marketplaces.
“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 are a violation of the laws of many states,” the attorneys general wrote. “Multiple states’ laws provide for injunctive relief, damages, penalties, and other remedies for such conduct.”
Legitimate vaccination cards are given by health care providers when they administer the 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.
In their letter, the attorneys general ask the CEOs to:
- Monitor their platforms for ads or links selling blank or fraudulently-completed vaccination cards.
- Promptly take down ads or links that are selling cards.
- Preserve records and information about the ads and the people who were selling them.
Schmidt’s Consumer Protection Division has worked over the past year to protect the public from pandemic-related scams, including the sale of bogus cures, price gouging and attempts to steal federally approved COVID-19 payments. More information on how to protect yourself from these and other scams is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.
A copy of the letter sent to the CEOs regarding fake vaccination cards is available at https://bit.ly/3sDk39D.