THE HILL – Authorities have seized more than 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at the Anchorage airport alone.
Officials said the counterfeit cards were shipped from China and are “low quality.”
The cards arrived in small shipments with around 25 to 30 cards per package.
Authorities have seized more than 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at the Anchorage, Alaska, airport in the past week, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the cards, which were shipped from China, are made of “low quality printing and closely resemble the authentic Center for Disease Control (CDC) certificates.”
“Getting these fraudulent cards off the streets and out of the hands of those who would then sell them is important for the safety of the American public … ” READ MORE.
Memphis Seizes Hundreds of Counterfeit COVID-19 Vaccination Cards EVERY NIGHT
Release Date: August 13, 2021
MEMPHIS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) working at the port of Memphis flagged a suspicious shipment coming from Shenzhen, China en route to the central business district of New Orleans.
It was described in the manifest as “PAPER CARD, PAPER” and CBPOs already knew what it was.
It was the 15th such shipment of the night, though all to different cities. Inside were 51 low quality, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.
The cards have blanks for the recipient’s name and birthdate, the vaccine maker, lot number, and date and place the shot was given, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) logo in the upper right corner.
However, there were typos, unfinished words, and some of the Spanish verbiage on the back was misspelled. How else did they know it was counterfeit? It was imported by a non-CDC or medical entity, and this was not the first time they had seen this shipper.
Sometimes the manifests describe the shipments as “Paper Greeting Cards/ Use For-Greeting Card,” sometimes they are “PAPER PAPER CARD,” but they are always from China. Though they may come in packs of 20, 51, 100, there are never any attempts to conceal them in anything.
They aren’t hidden in books, nor are they stuffed in the back of framed paintings. The recipients of this ubiquitous contraband are unfortunately all over the United States. This fiscal year to date, Memphis has made 121 seizures totaling 3,017 of these vaccination cards.
The FBI has warned the public that buying, selling, or using a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime. It can be categorized as the unauthorized use of an official government agency seal (such as HHS or CDC) and may be punishable under Title 18 United States Code, Section 1017, and other applicable laws. Violators face a fine and up to five years in prison.
“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” said Michael Neipert, Area Port Director of Memphis. “If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself. CBP Officers at the Area Port of Memphis remain committed to stopping counterfeit smuggling and helping to protect our communities. But just know that when you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines.” SOURCE.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
Last modified: August 16, 2021