More and more places require proof that you received a COVID-19 vaccine or that you recently tested negative before giving yourself access. Scammers see an opportunity to profit from the sale of bogus tools or verification products, such as fake vaccination cards, certificates and test results.

Our advice:

  • Be aware that buying fake vaccination cards, making your own, or filling out blank cards with false information is illegal and could fined you or even sent you to jail.
  • Don’t share personal information with people you don’t know. Crooks will reverse roles and sell your data or use it to engage identity theft.
  • The only legitimate way to get proof that you are vaccinated – or that your test is negative – is to get vaccinated or test negative. If you lose this proof, check with your state health service or where you got the vaccine to find out how you might get a replacement.

If you spot a fake vaccination card, report it to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Social Services at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or oig.hhs.gov, or file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaints Center.

You can also file a report with the FTC at Report Fraud.ftc.gov. Your report can make a difference. We use reports like yours to investigate, raise law enforcement cases and alert people to scams to watch out for so they can protect themselves, their friends and family.

To learn more about COVID-related scams, visit ftc.gov.coronavirus / scams and subscribe to consumer alerts from the FTC to receive updates directly to your inbox.