NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Experts are giving warnings about COVID counterfeit goods, say they are finding false negative coronavirus tests and fake vaccination cards for sale online.
Your vaccination card could be the golden ticket for your next vacation, to a party room or even to go to a football game, but with the pictures being the highlight of this crisis, experts cyber security experts warn that they are detecting more and more fake tags on the dark web.
“How authentic do these documents look?” CBS2’s Jessica Layton asked Mark Ostrowski, with Checkpoint Software.
“They can look very legitimate,” said Ostrowski. “A lot of cards, at least we found in our research, are paper cards with simple symbols and information on them.”
Ostrowski said his company has also seen a sharp increase in ads for negative-results material on a fake COVID test, which sells for up to $ 200 a time.
“You’re actually giving information to people you don’t want to give that information to,” he said.
On Wednesday, Kaseyan Serrano proudly displayed her true evidence of the vaccination, becoming the 250,000th person to be vaccinated at the Javits Center.
“It’s a big milestone but… you still have to take the necessary precautions,” she said.
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COVID cases are on the rise in nearly half of the country. There were 55,000 new infections on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the 12-state Attorney General is calling on social media giants to take stronger measures to stop the spread of false information by anti-vaxxists, often targeting those Black Americans and especially black Americans – communities that have had the worst impact on the health of the virus and those whose vaccination rates are declining.
New York Attorney General Letitia James was part of that effort and said the vaccine saved many lives, pointing out that’s why she got her medicine, encouraging all New Yorkers to do so when they qualify.
CBS2’s Jessica Layton contributed to this report.