Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) today called on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their platforms.
The bipartisan coalition, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, raised concerns about the public health risks of these fake cards in a letter to the companies’ CEOs.
Legitimate vaccination cards are given by providers when they administer the vaccine. People who buy fake cards can have their own information added to the card or add it in themselves, so it appears they have been vaccinated when they have not.
“The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards threaten the health of our communities, slow progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and are a violation of the laws of many states,” reads the letter signed by 47 of America’s attorneys general.
In their letter, the attorneys general ask the CEOs to:
- Monitor their platforms for ads or links selling blank or fraudulently-completed vaccination cards.
- Promptly take down ads or links that are selling cards.
- Preserve records and information about the ads and the people who were selling them.
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** This release was updated on April 8, 2021 to reflect all attorney general offices who signed the letter.