Online seller of fake COVID-19 cards doesn’t mind getting busted

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Fox 8 I-Team showed you how fake COVID-19 cards are sold illegally online, reaching out to people who don’t want the vaccine, but want the card so that ‘they can claim to have the blows.

We responded to one of these advertisements, asking how much the fake vaccination cards cost. We never expected to receive a response, but we did.

The seller got back to us a few hours later.

“Hello thank you for contacting us. We produce and sell COVID for $ 35 if you take 5 or more cards plus a $ 15 delivery charge, while it’s $ 40 if you take less than 5 cards plus a $ 15 delivery charge . As of now, we only have CDC and NHS cards available. What do you need? “

We replied that we didn’t want them and asked them if they knew it was illegal to sell the fake cards. We then had this response.

“We are fully aware of the FBI warning, but our cards are registered with a genuine ND ‘lot number’, making it virtually impossible for the FBI to distinguish our cards from other cards. Do you need the maps? “

We didn’t respond, but we filed a report with the FBI’s Internet crime complaint line.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson says it’s important that people who see advertisements for fake vaccine cards report them as soon as possible.

“Let’s say your complaint that you made has a certain email or phone number, and we receive another 20 with the same email or phone number, then it will go to a field office and it will be looked into.” , Anderson said. “We take these matters seriously and will investigate complaints.”

And she pointed out that local, state and federal authorities are working together to stop the sale of fake vaccination cards.

Last week an arrest was made for selling fake vaccination cards. A northern California bar owner cited for allegedly selling fake vaccine cards to undercover officers in the California Department of Alcohol Control.

“As a result of the undercover officers’ investigation, between them, they bought four fraudulent vaccination cards at $ 20 apiece,” said John Carr, who works in the Public Information Office of the California Department of Enforcement. alcoholic beverages.

Law enforcement officials point out that purchasing any of these forged documents also puts you at risk of becoming a victim of crime.

“Most of these scammers are looking for your credentials, so if you buy one, they now have your financial information,” Anderson said.

If you would like to report suspicious activity involving false vaccination records, please contact the Internet Crime ComComplaints Center.

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