Some fake vaccine cards are now being sold on Instagram. Here’s how you can identify one so that you can report them to the authorities.
Instagram is used by various individuals to post their photos and videos. Aside from these, it is also a great website if you are trying to sell your products. But, there are some people who are taking advantage of social media sites to offer some illegal things that would affect the public in the long run.
New York authorities confirmed that discovering COVID-19 vaccine cards that are being sold through Instagram, which are getting lots of customers who are against the vaccine jabs as they believe it could give them major health side effects. On the other hand, some of them even claimed that the coronavirus vaccines might even contain chips to track their daily routines, or could turn them into zombies once they are administered.
All their reasons are comparable to those shown in films, which are unrealistic and unbelievable. However, this doesn’t stop them from rejecting the COVID-19 vaccines offered by the government. And now, a New Jersey woman, who calls herself AntiVaxMomma on Instagram, decided to make a profit from anti-vaxxers.
Right now, almost all countries are requiring their residents to get their jabs to prevent the further spread of the deadly disease. But, because of these fake Instagram vaccine cards, medical experts and authorities are having difficulties lessening the daily infected cases. According to New York authorities, each fake vaccine card costs $250 on an IG account.
Jasmine Clifford, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, was charged Tuesday with offering a false instrument, criminal possession of a forged instrument, and conspiracy. Authorities say she sold about 250 fake vaccine cards on Instagram for the past few months. Clifford’s alleged co-conspirator, Nadayza Barkley, of Bellport, Long Island, did not enter a plea for an arraignment Tuesday morning in Manhattan criminal court on charges of offering a false instrument and conspiracy.
This new Instagram COVID-19 vaccine card scam is just one of the fraudulent activities caused by anti-vaxxers. If ever you see someone, even if they are your friends or relatives, the best thing you can do as a resident is to report them to the police or other authorities so that they could prevent the situation.
How To Spot Fake Vaccine Cards?
When people are caught knowingly buying, selling, or using false cards on a social media platform and other websites, the proof of guilt will often be clear. The real question is about the appropriate punishment. Some of the relevant laws, such as wire and mail fraud, have penalties of up to $250,000 and 20 years imprisonment for each email, website visit, call or package sent as part of the scheme.
On the other hand, here are some of the things you need to consider so that you can report a fake COVID-19 vaccine card or record posted or offered on an online platform.
- Check if the card is fully printed.
- Check if the COVID-19 vaccine record has CDC or FDA approval.
- Check if the card is handwritten since most legit COVID-19 vaccinate proofs are manually filled out.