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With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines, many residents have taken to social media to post their proof of shots, something that FBI officials say puts their personal information at risk.
“Trending social media topics seem fun, but they may be putting your personal identifiable information in jeopardy,” FBI El Paso officials shared.
Officials with the bureau are asking that once someone has received the COVID-19 vaccine, they not post a photo of theCDC 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” officials say. “Bad actors can use these images to steal your identify and commit fraud.”
For those that have already posted a photo of a vaccine card, officials recommend that they remove it and update the profile picture with a banner or a sticker advising that they took your vaccine.
FBI officials add that scammers are also using the vaccination cards found on social media to forge vaccination cards and selling them for profit.
As always, those who may have been victimized can report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.