So you finally got the Kovid-19 vaccine. Relieved, you take a picture of your vaccination card, showing your name and date of birth and what vaccine you have, and publish it on social media.
But some experts are warning that the information of the celebration photo may put you in the grip of identity theft or scam.
“Unfortunately, you have your full name and birthday on your card, as well as information about where you got your vaccine,” The Better Business Bureau said Last week. “If your social media privacy settings are not set high, you can give anyone valuable information to use.”
on Friday, Federal Trade Commission followed suit: “You are posting a picture of your vaccination card on social media. Please – don’t do this! This was clearly warned. “You can invite identity theft.”
Scammers can sometimes trace most of your social security number by knowing your date of birth and date of birth, and can open new accounts in your name, claim your tax refund for yourself, and engage in other identity theft Manisha Mithal, Associate Director, Department of Privacy and Identity Protection of the Federal Trade Commission.
“Identity theft is like a puzzle, made up of pieces of personal information,” Ms Mittal said. “You don’t want to hand over the pieces needed to complete the picture to the thieves. One of those pieces is your date of birth.”
But as experts warn you to stop sharing your card, if you’ve entered your birthday online elsewhere – which most people have – it’s possible that the information you’re providing is already Only available through other means.
Aviva Latan, a senior analyst at research firm Gartner, said many Americans were vulnerable due to multiple data breaches.
“Basically criminals already have everyone’s last name, first name and date of birth much higher,” Ms. Layton said. “There have been a lot of hacks in the last 10 years. If all they are looking for is my name and birthday, they have. “
How does a scammer work
Scammers and identity thieves often gather information slowly, clearing social media posts to curb a file on a person’s life, including education, employment, and vacation spots. Publishing a birth date hands on one of your most important personal tidbits.
While not all names and birthdates will require an identity thief to steal your identity in most cases, it makes it easier to keep those details in plain sight.
Curtis W. Ducas, an executive vice president of the Center for Internet Security, said, “Scammers can get whatever personal identification information they want from you – any type of information to create a profile.”
Mr. Dukes said a scammer could benefit from a slow process of delivery based on the lack of a vaccine or the need for a credit-card number to reserve another dose or booster as a government delivery officer.
In such a “highly charged” environment, people can “fall for him and leave his credit card or perhaps other bits of information,” he said.
Ms Linton said: “At least it will give bad actors a start in knowing who has been vaccinated. So they can use it for scam purposes Socially engineered I have to pay them for a booster shot I will never get, or it will be used for legitimate commercial purposes that bypass normal US regulatory structures.
A new milestone to celebrate
Vipul Kishore publishes pictures of his drivers license or learning permit. The vacancers post pictures of their trip.
Vaccination cards are now another way “we share these milestones in our lives,” Nita A., a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University School of Law. Farhanai said.
But she said one concern was that the cards could be forged or replicated if the state of vaccination began to act as an item that gave people access to jobs, restaurants, or events.
Someone who has not yet been vaccinated or does not want to be “tempted to make a copy from these photos,” she said. “Or why don’t enterprising entrepreneurs want to use photos to create forgery to sell to people who want them?”
The Better Business Bureau, in its warning, Cited newspaper report The UK states that fake vaccination cards were purchased on eBay for around $ 6.
When asked about the reports, eBay said in an email statement that it had blocked and removed items making false health claims.
Building blocks for an identity
A vaccination card that has been made public can also be a springboard for detailed social engineering or phishing ideas. Such schemes have been common During the epidemic.
Scrippie Wood, a professor of psychology at Scripps College who has counseled older adults who have been victims of the scandal, cited the so-called grandparents scandal, in which a man posing as a law enforcement officer was caught by an older adult Contacted and presented details about his grandson, who was pretending. To know them and to say that they were in trouble and needed financial help.
“The typical consumer does not think that scammers would have curated information about my life and used it to target me,” she said. “In my practice, there’s a lot right now, and it’s just going to be a new thing.”
Cassie Christensen, a consultant at SecZeta, who works with organizations to manage identity risk, said people who posted their vaccination cards could open themselves up to a scammer who was an officer Could present as such, inform them about the medical examination to check their identity. Example, considered new side effects.
This scam can involve requests for more information that will help them access someone’s accounts, such as the mother’s name or address.
“They can also go to LinkedIn and find out where you work,” she said. “They can call those organizations and reset a valid password.”
The epidemic and its fears, she said, created the right environment for her.
“It’s all highly emotional stuff,” she said. “This is what hackers and fishers look for.”
To brag, use a sticker instead
“Some are posting it to say, ‘Look, I get it,” Duke’s Dr. Farhan said.
But what if there is another way to say so? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention thinks there is. on the part of Confidence building campaign In vaccines, templates have been prepared for this Sticker, And several states including Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, New York and Maryland are handing out versions of them.
Public health officials are banking on the widespread use of stickers, which can have an impact on those who may be indifferent, indifferent to vaccines. Stickers are known as the “social cascade” of behavior in the same way that “I vote” stickers encourage voting, experts say.
A senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Drs. Tara Kirk Sell said, “It helps promote similar behavior among others, which one can observe.” “It’s really about trying to say to others, ‘This is completely normal and this is what people do.”
The same behavior occurs when masks are widely used, making more people feel less space wearing one. “We call that ‘social proof’,” Dr. Wood said. “As I did my patriotic duty, I performed my civic duty.”
The stickers also do not reveal personal data, another reason officials are encouraging their use.
In Georgia this week, the Attorney General, Chris Carr, urged people to display vaccination stickers, he is saying “Can’t adequately discourage them against posting of their vaccination cards on social media” because of the dangers of identity theft.
On Friday, the FTC said, “The stickers are really cool.”