Ohio AG seeks crackdown on sales of fake vaccination cards

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined a group of other AGs from across the country asking for some online retailers and websites to prevent selling fake Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination cards.

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The coalition has sent requests to Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to work to stop people from selling the cards on those online platforms.

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“Fraudulent vaccine cards simply don’t have a place in the marketplace,” Yost said in a media release Thursday. “Vaccines are more readily available across Ohio than ever before – don’t fall into a deceptive trap when you could get the real thing with less effort.”

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The fake cards are being sold on the platform that allow for people to either have their own information added to the card or add it themselves, to make it appear they’ve been vaccinated when they haven’t, a spokesperson for the AG’s office said.

“These deceptive cards threaten the health of our communities, slow progress in getting people protected from the virus, and violate many state laws,” the spokesperson said.

The group of 45 state attorney generals sent requests to the CEOs of their respective companies, asking the platforms to monitor for ads or links that sell blank or fraudulently-completed vaccination cards, take down links or ads that advertise these cards, and preserve records and information about the ads and sales.