Attorney General Ford Urgers OfferUp to Stop Sales of Fake Vaccination Cards

April 19, 2021

Carson City, NV - Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford called on OfferUp, an online mobile marketplace, to act immediately to prevent fraudulent or blank COVID-19 vaccine cards from being sold on its platform. AG Ford and a bipartisan coalition of 42 attorneys general raised concerns about the public health risks of these fake cards in a letter to the company.

The fake cards appear to be official because they include the logos for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health. However, using these deceptive cards violates many state laws which provide for injunctive relief, damages, and other penalties for such conduct. 

“Earlier this month, I warned Nevadans about fake vaccination cards and sent a letter to Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to prevent people from selling these fraudulent cards,” said AG Ford. “Today, I’m urging OfferUp to the do the same. Nevadans, making these fake cards is illegal and could put our entire health and safety plan at risk. Please be wary of misinformation and file a complaint with my office if you come across any scams related to COVID-19.” 

Legitimate vaccination cards are given by providers when they administer the vaccine. Individuals who buy fake cards can have their own information added to the card or add it in themselves, so it appears they have been vaccinated when they have not. These deceptive cards threaten the health of our communities; delay our ability to protect from the virus; and violate many state laws.

In their letter, the attorneys general urge OfferUp to: 

Monitor its platform for ads or links selling blank or fraudulently completed vaccination cards;

Promptly take down ads or links that are selling cards; and 

Preserve records and information about the ads and the people who were selling them. 

To learn more about fake vaccination cards and how to keep your identity private, watch AG Ford’s video. 

AG Ford is joined by the following attorneys general in sending this letter to OfferUp: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  

A copy of the letter is attached.