VA hospital nurse charged with stealing and selling covid vaccination cards: ‘I charge $150 for these’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: VA hospital nurse charged with stealing and selling covid vaccination cards: ‘I charge $150 for these’. “When a person messaged Bethann Kierczak requesting coronavirus vaccine cards this spring, the registered nurse promised she would do her best, court records state. Kierczak, a nurse at a Michigan Veterans Affairs hospital, had access to immunization records since she was responsible for administering the doses. But the requester, who is not identified in court records, needed 10 vaccine cards.”

CBC: Cybercriminals are offering to sell fake Canadian COVID-19 vaccination certificates online

CBC: Cybercriminals are offering to sell fake Canadian COVID-19 vaccination certificates online. “As provinces and employers across Canada increase restrictions on the unvaccinated or introduce vaccine passports, cybercriminals are attempting to cash in by offering fake vaccination certificates for sale online. Sellers are offering phoney proof-of-vaccination documents for several provinces that apparently look just like the real thing. Some of them even claim to be able to enter the data from the fake certificates into official government databases.”

Office Of The Governor News Release: State Launches Hawai’i Smart Health Card For Digital Vaccination Verification (Governor of Hawaii)

Governor of Hawaii: Office Of The Governor News Release: State Launches Hawai’i Smart Health Card For Digital Vaccination Verification. “Gov. David Ige and Doug Murdock, chief information officer, Office of Enterprise Technology Services today unveiled the state’s Hawaiʻi SMART Health Card. The card will enable individuals who received their COVID-19 vaccinations in Hawaiʻi to create a state-issued digital Hawaiʻi SMART Health Card that may be used to confirm their vaccination status to businesses and venues that require it.”

From China, through Telegram: Fake Covid vaccination card market booms (NBC News)

NBC News: From China, through Telegram: Fake Covid vaccination card market booms. “The online market for fake Covid-19 vaccination cards is booming. Thousands of online sellers are claiming to offer near-perfect copies of the cards at prices that have risen sharply in recent weeks, with some now selling a single card for hundreds of dollars. While it’s unclear how many cards successfully make it to people who try to buy them, the federal government is intercepting reams of them.”

Daily Beast: Biden Mandate Sparks Price-Gouging for Fake Vax Cards

Daily Beast: Biden Mandate Sparks Price-Gouging for Fake Vax Cards. “In the days before President Joe Biden announced all private sector businesses with more than 100 employees would have to require their employees be fully vaccinated, fake vaccine cards cost approximately $100. The day after his announcement last week, fake vaccine card prices doubled to $200. The number of sellers peddling bogus cards also went up, spiking from 1,000 to more than 10,000 sellers, security researchers at Israeli security firm Check Point, which was founded by veterans of an elite cyber unit of Israel’s military intelligence directorate, tell The Daily Beast.”

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. “Turkish police detained three nurses on Tuesday for allegedly providing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to unvaccinated people, local media reported. Acting on a tip-off, police teams apprehended the nurses who work at a private hospital in Bahcelievler district on the European side of Istanbul, said Turkey’s English newspaper Daily Sabah.”

Washington Post: State troopers accused of making fake vaccination cards resign after colleagues turn them in

Washington Post: State troopers accused of making fake vaccination cards resign after colleagues turn them in. “Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski resigned Aug. 10, a day after a colleague raised concerns about the alleged fraud to supervisors, while David Pfindel’s resignation took effect Friday after an investigation by Vermont’s Department of Public Safety, according to a police statement. Authorities said the three men, who were reported to supervisors by their fellow troopers, ‘are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent covid-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law.’”

NBC News: Authorities in Hawaii arrest woman with alleged fake ‘Maderna’ vax card

NBC News: Authorities in Hawaii arrest woman with alleged fake ‘Maderna’ vax card . “An Illinois woman was charged Monday with two misdemeanors in Hawaii and accused of using a fake vaccination card to bypass the state’s coronavirus testing and quarantine requirements. The woman, Chloe Mrozak, 24, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, was arrested Saturday at the Honolulu airport as she tried to board a flight to the U.S. mainland after a five-day stay in Hawaii.”

New York Times: Instagram User @AntiVaxMomma Charged With Selling Fake Vaccine Cards

New York Times: Instagram User @AntiVaxMomma Charged With Selling Fake Vaccine Cards. “The allegations against the woman, Jasmine Clifford, 31, were unveiled in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors said that Ms. Clifford sold about 250 forged cards over Instagram. She also worked with another woman, Nadayza Barkley, 27, who is employed at a medical clinic in Patchogue, N.Y., to fraudulently enter at least 10 people into New York’s immunization database, prosecutors said.”

ABC News: Feds warn of alarming rise in reports of fake vaccine cards sold and used

ABC News: Feds warn of alarming rise in reports of fake vaccine cards sold and used. “The Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General tells ABC News exclusively that they are receiving ‘increasing reports of individuals creating, purchasing, and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards,’ warning that the proliferation of sham cards can leave victims’ personal identity vulnerable — and threaten the nation’s hard-fought gains against the virus.”

KGW: Feds seize over 3,000 fake vaccination cards in Anchorage

KGW: Feds seize over 3,000 fake vaccination cards in Anchorage. “More than 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards have been confiscated at cargo freight facilities at the Anchorage airport as they were being shipped from China, officials said Thursday. Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the cards in the past week as they arrived in small packages, said Jaime Ruiz, an agency spokesperson.”

Mashable: Black market for fake vaccine cards thrives on Telegram

Mashable: Black market for fake vaccine cards thrives on Telegram. “The research arm of security firm Check Point has a new report on the proliferation of fake vaccine card black markets on Telegram. It estimates that there are now over 2,500 active groups and channels selling fake vaccination records from countries all over the globe, a 257 percent increase from its last report in March.”

CNN: Covid-19 vaccines and counterfeit vaccine cards are for sale on the dark web

CNN: Covid-19 vaccines and counterfeit vaccine cards are for sale on the dark web. “Counterfeit vaccine cards and what are being billed as Covid-19 vaccines are now for sale on the dark web, according to a report released Tuesday. Security researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point Software said they’ve discovered listings for Covid-19 vaccines from various brands, such as AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, for up to $1,000 a dose, as well as at least 20 vaccine certificates for $200 each.”