The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people not to share their COVID-19 vaccine card on social media.
According to the BBB, the vaccine cards have personal information on them, such as your full name, birthday and where the vaccine was administered.
“If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving valuable information away for anyone to use,” said the BBB. “Scammers in Great Britain were caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok. It’s only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States and Canada. Posting photos of your card can help provide scammers with information they can use to create and sell phony ones.”
If you want to share online that you received the vaccine, here are some tips from the BBB.
- Share your vaccine sticker or use a profile frame instead. If you want to post about your vaccine, there are safer ways to do it. You can share a photo of your vaccine sticker or set a frame around your profile picture.
- Review your security settings. Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom. If you only want friends and family to see your posts, be sure that’s how your privacy settings are configured.
- Be wary of answering popular social media prompts. Sharing your vaccine photo is just the latest social trend. Think twice before participating in other viral personal posts, such as listing all the cars you’ve owned (including makes/model years), favorite songs, and top 10 TV shows. Some of these “favorite things” are commonly used passwords or security questions.
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