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Your Selfie can serve a Scam – the U.S. BBB warns

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Coronavirus Scam: The US Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns against sharing the images with COVID-19 vaccination cards, stating that the private information contained in the cards can be misused by scammers.

Sharing the vaccination photos on social media is now ruling the trends!  More than 10 million Americans have received the vaccination. The citizens are expressing their boundless joy in receiving the coronavirus vaccination by sharing images of their vaccine cards on social media. The moment of vaccination has indeed come after a long wait, making way through the pandemic. 

However, sharing this token of pride on social media can result in serious identity theft. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has appealed to the Americans to refrain from sharing their images with vaccine cards since the card contains personal information of the vaccine recipient like name, birthdate, and vaccination site. Such information can aid in creating phoney cards for the scammers. Such duplicate cards can also be sold on the black market. According to the reports, phoney vaccine cards have been found on the dark web and online. 

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) empathizes with the joy and pride that Americans feel after receiving the vaccination following a challenging year of health-crisis. It, therefore, suggests sharing the pictures of vaccination stickers instead. 

The BBB has also urged Americans to check the security settings on their social media accounts, to keep a check on what is being shared, and with whom, before sharing the vaccine stickers. 

In a news release, the BBB said: “Unfortunately, your card has your full name and birthday on it, as well as information about where you got your vaccine.”

“If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving valuable information away for anyone to use”

the Organization explained further.

The safety tip given by the Better Business Bureau comes as a wake-up call to netizens who blindly participate in the social media trends without scrutinizing the risk that may be involved.

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