Expert warns Brits against posting snaps of vaccine card online to avoid fraud

In recent months, we've seen a lot of pictures of completed coronavirus vaccine cards on Twitter and Instagram.

And as Brits are desperate for freedom day on June 21 to go ahead as planned, people are urging their pals to get the jab.

But with the excitement of getting vaccinated taking over, there's still a good reason why you shouldn't share this news online.

Data scientist and McAfee fellow Raj Samani believes you could be putting yourself at risk when you do this.

Speaking to Tyla, he said: "We know there's a market for fake vaccine cards.

"We know there are criminals actively selling vaccine cards that are country-specific. There's clearly a burgeoning market for it."

He warned how fraudsters could be taking advantage of this information to use it for something else.

Raj added: "It's a logical conclusion that criminals could be using social media to take this information, gathering it to sell on, and that maybe we shouldn't be posting pictures of our vaccine cards online."

According to stats, over 75% of the UK adult population have received their first dose of the jab.

Usually when you get the vaccine, you're given a small card listing the kind you had, the date and batch number of your dose.

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It also comes with your name as you're told to hold onto the little card until you're invited for your second dose.

But scammers have already started recreating the documents.

An investigation by The Telegraph uncovered fraudsters charging between £5 and £28 for false documentation, including details like real batch numbers for Pfizer jabs.

Now with proof of the vaccine expected to give people a "passport" to holiday in many countries, it's important to keep the batch numbers private so you don't become a victim of fraud.

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And sharing your vaccine details could also put you at risk of identity fraud.

Raj explained: "There's multiple phases in trying to trick and coerce somebody.

"The first stage of that is research. The more information we have about you, the better we can craft something."

If you are desperate to post the news on social media, just remember to cover or blur any sensitive information.

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