AGs urge OfferUp to stop sales of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards
A bipartisan coalition of 42 attorneys general is calling on OfferUp, an online mobile marketplace, to act immediately to prevent fraudulent or blank COVID-19 vaccine cards from being sold on its platform.
In their letter to the company, the coalition, which includes Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, raises concerns about the public health risks of these fake vaccination cards.
Herring has also called on Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to act immediately to stop the sale of fraudulent vaccination cards on their platforms.
“Vaccinating as many Virginians as possible is one of the most important ways we will be able to get back to normal and get this pandemic under control,” Herring said. “Unvaccinated people, who use fraudulent vaccine cards to pretend they are vaccinated, could potentially spread COVID throughout our communities, putting the health and safety of Virginians and their families at risk. I will continue to push companies to prevent the sale of these fake vaccination cards to help Virginia stay on the right track in combating COVID.”
In their letter, Herring and his colleagues are urging OfferUp to:
- Monitor its platform for ads or links selling blank or fraudulently complete vaccination cards
- Promptly take down ads or links that are selling cards
- Preserve records and information about the ads and the people who were selling them