February 5, 2021

FBI El Paso Warns About Not Posting Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card on Social Media Platforms

Trending social media topics seem fun, but they may be putting your personal identifiable information in jeopardy.

Once you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, the FBI is asking that you don't post a photo of your CDC vaccination card on social media.

These cards can contain your name, date of birth, patient number, insurance information, and location where you received your vaccine. Bad actors can use these images to steal your identify and commit fraud.

You can run the risk of the posted image being widely shared if the privacy settings on your preferred social platforms are not strict.

If you have already posted a photo of a vaccine card, here are some options: Remove it and update your profile picture with a banner or a sticker advising that you took your vaccine. The main goal is to not jeopardize your identity.

Scammers are also using the vaccination cards placed onto social media to forge vaccination cards and selling them for profit.

If you feel that you have been a victim of identify theft, contact your financial institutions immediately and monitor your credit reports.

As always, if you have been victimized you can report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.