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Yes. Buying & Selling Fake Vaccination Cards is a Crime

Bryce Dix | KSFR

This month yet another COVID-19 fraud made the headlines — this one involving fake vaccination cards. 

At the port of Memphis, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents busted a shipment of counterfeit vaccine cards coming in from China. In Texas, a soldier was charged with selling bogus vaccination cards on Instagram. At the Anchorage airport, the feds seized thousands of phony vaccination cards. In Connecticut, a group of women protestors handed out fake vaccine cards outside the state Capitol. In Chicago, a pharmacist was arrested for selling genuine vaccine cards.  

And the stories keep rolling in. 

Who’s selling COVID-19 vaccine cards?  And who’s buying? KSFR consumer reporter Mary Lou Cooper turned to attorney and consumer expert Steve Weisman to find out more. 


Anyone who suspects fraudulent use of a vaccination card should report it immediately by calling the Department of Health at 1-833-551-0518 or by submitting your concern through this online portal.

Steve is the author of the daily consumer alert blog: Scamicide.com.  He’s also a professor at Bentley University in Massachusetts, where he teaches “White Collar Crime.” 


Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.
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