Connecticut man outraged after finding fake COVID-19 vaccination card in passport holder he purchased from Amazon
- A resident from Connecticut received a fake coronavirus vaccine card with a passport case he had purchased recently on Amazon
- The man reported the incident to state authorities and said that it was ‘a little bigger than the real card’
- Amazon said the owner of the listing was able to bypass the online sites algorithm that prevents sellers from posting fake COVID-19 vaccination cards
The unidentified North Stamford man found the counterfeit card inside the packaging for the leather case, CT Insider reported.
The small card was blank on both sides and had the official logo for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the top right corner.
The man, whose name was not released, reached out to Connecticut state authorities to report the incident.
‘It is even a little bigger than the real card,’ he said, according to the office of state Attorney General William Tong.
A resident from North Stamford, Connecticut, recently received a fake COVID-19 vaccination inside a passport holder he had purchased from an Amazon seller
The state of Connecticut earlier this week introduced an online application that will permit residents to load their vaccine cards into the system
The man was able to obtain the link to the Amazon listing of holder he had purchased and forwarded it to Democratic state Representative Matt Blumenthal.
The listing shockingly advertised the fake COVID-19 proof of vaccine card. Blumenthal later contacted Tong’s office, which reached out to the online retailer.
The link to the listing in question has since been removed from the site.
Amazon told the state attorney general’s office that the owner of the listing had manipulated the online shopping site’s detection algorithm in order to sell the passport case with the bogus vaccine card.
‘We have proactive measures in place to prevent prohibited products from being listed and we continuously monitor our store and take swift action on bad actors that attempt to evade our systems,’ a company spokesperson told CT Insider.
As a measure to combat the spread of the ravaging virus in Connecticut, some business in the state require customers to show proof that they are either vaccinated or have tested negative.
Governor Ned Lamont unveiled this week a mobile application that allows residents to save their vaccination records and prevent people from using fake cards.
‘Fake vaccination cards are deceptive, dangerous, and unlawful,’ Tong said in a statement. ‘The Office of the Attorney General is in close coordination with our law enforcement partners and stands ready to take strong legal action to protect public health and safety.’