COVID-19 Scam Alert: Vaccine Card Identity Theft

Congratulations on getting your COVID-19 vaccine! Now keep your vaccine card to yourself or you might fall victim to identity theft. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General warns consumers against posting photos of COVID-19 vaccination cards on social media. Anything posted online that contains personal identifying information can be used by scammers looking to steal your identity. 

Whether it be opening new lines of credit, accessing your healthcare benefits, or a laundry list of other uses by identity thieves, the goal is to always defend yourself from these schemes. While social media can be a great place to share exciting news, leave the vaccination cards out of camera view.  

Fraud takes all forms. ICW Group’s Special Investigations Unit encourages you to stay vigilant in monitoring for schemes aimed at stealing your personal information or the money directly from your wallet.  

If you suspect a COVID-19 scam, report it to the HHS Office of Inspector General or the Federal Trade Commission.

Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill is the Special Investigations Unit Director at ICW Group Insurance Company. A Fraud Claims Law Specialist designee, he was a recipient of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s Investigation of the Year Award for his significant contribution to the successful resolution of “Operation Back Lash” – one of the largest workers’ compensation health care bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County. Christopher has participated in over 30 criminal cases surrounding medical and legal providers attempting to defraud the Workers’ Compensation system. Christopher’s approach to insurance fraud investigations is a holistic one. From preventative education campaigns, to data analytics, to time tested investigative, and intelligence gathering techniques, it is Christopher’s belief that a multi-faceted approach to insurance fraud is necessary to a successful defense.

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