Buying a fake COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime and puts public at risk, FBI warns

Investigators remove online listings for fake cards

Concern over fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are growing as some cities, universities and events require proof of your vaccination status or a negative COVID test.
Concern over fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are growing as some cities, universities and events require proof of your vaccination status or a negative COVID test.

DETROIT – Concern over fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are growing as some cities, universities and events require proof of your vaccination status or a negative COVID test.

The FBI is issuing a warning for people trying to buy or sell fake cards, reminding people that it’s illegal and puts public health at risk.

Read: University of Michigan: All students, faculty, staff must be vaccinated by Aug. 30

Investigators have already taken down listings online for fake cards and the FBI put out a statement.

Recently, two passengers on a flight to Toronto were busted trying to present fake cards. Each person was fined $16,000 and may face legal repercussions.

Read: Michigan vaccinations rise again; masks in school urged


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.