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BBB warns not to post photos of vaccination cards

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(WSIL) -- The Better Business Bureau is urging people on social media to be careful when they post photos containing sensitive information.

Since vaccines began distributing, people have taken to social media to post their vaccination cards after getting their shots. Vaccination cards contain information such as your name, birthday and date of vaccination.

The photos mark a milestone moment to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. But Whitney Quick, regional director of Cape Girardeau BBB, says posting those pictures could open the door for scammers.

"We're excited because we're going to be getting out of, hopefully, this situation," Quick said. "But make sure you're making good decisions."

Quick says the BBB discovered cases in Great Britain where scammers were selling fake vaccination cards.

"If we continue to put these cards on Facebook and things like that for people to see," Quick said. "It's probably going to be only a matter of time before similar types of cons arrive in both the U.S. and Canada."

Quick advises people to change their privacy settings on social media accounts and make sure that only close friends and family will be able to see your photos.

"This is not something you just want to share with anyone because it will open you up for identity theft," Quick said.

Quick also suggested taking pictures of your vaccination sticker or adding a vaccination filter to your social media profile page to mark the achievement.

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Danny Valle

Danny Valle anchors News 3 This Morning on Saturday and Sunday and reports Monday-Wednesday at News 3 WSIL. He joined the team in 2017 as a morning producer, before becoming an anchor in 2018, and reporter in 2019. Danny graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism with a specialization in Sports Broadcasting.

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