AG issues warning about unlawful sales of fake vaccination cards

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(Photo courtesy of Guam Attorney General's Office)

Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho called on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their
platforms.

A bipartisan coalition of 45 attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh
Stein and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, raised concerns about the public health risks of these fake cards in a letter to the companies’ CEOs.

“Bad actors who buy and sell fake vaccination cards online could threaten the progress we’ve made in limiting the introduction of new COVID-19 cases in Guam,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. “As the benefits of being vaccinated grow, unfortunately, so will the incentive to buy these fake cards.”

Legitimate vaccination cards are given by 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, so it appears they have been vaccinated when they have not.

These deceptive cards threaten the health of our communities, slow progress in getting people protected from the virus, and violate many state laws.

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.

If anyone has seen these ads, they are asked to send information and photos to consumerprotection@oagguam.org or call (671) 475-2720.

Attorney General Camacho is joined in sending this letter by the Attorneys General of North Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

(Guam AG Release)

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