Don't have a social media party after getting your second COVID-19 shot, FTC says

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The Federal Trade Commission is warning veterans and their families to not post their COVID-19 vaccination cards on any social media after completing their shot series.

According to the FTC, the vaccination card includes your full name, date of birth, where you got your vaccine and the dates you got it.

“When you post it to Facebook, Instagram, or to another social media platform, you may be handing valuable information over to someone who could use it for identity theft,” a VA blog post noted.

Identity theft works like a puzzle that is made up of pieces of your personal information.

“One of those pieces is your date of birth,” the VA blog said. “For example, just by knowing your date and place of birth, scammers sometimes can guess most of the digits of your Social Security number.”

Once identity thieves have the information they need, they can use it to open new accounts in your name. They also can claim your tax refund for themselves, and engage in other forms of identity theft.

Someone could also use the photo of your vaccination card to recreate it and sell counterfeit versions.

As part of VA’s vaccination campaign, many VA facilities are providing “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine at VA” stickers to the newly vaccinated.

Visit here for more tips about protecting your information against identity thieves.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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