Experts warn NOT to share photos of your vaccine card on social media – here’s why

OUR social media feeds have been flooded with pictures of completed vaccine cards in recent months.

With Brits desperate for life to get back to normal on June 21 and people urging their friends to also get the coronavirus jab, it's totally understandable.

But experts have warned you shouldn't share photos of your vaccine card online – and there's a very good reason why.

 Data scientist and McAfee fellow Raj Samani believes by doing so, you could be putting yourself at risk.

He told Tyla: "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.

"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."

Ask yourself the question, 'is this something you should be posting? Is this something you feel comfortable with? Do you really need to post this?'

Over 75 per cent of the UK adult population have received their first dose of the life-saving jabs.

When you get the vaccine, you're given a small card listing the brand you had, the date of your jab and the batch number of your dose, with your name on the top. But scammers have already started recreating them.

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

With proof of vaccine expected to give people a 'passport' to holiday in many countries, it's important to keep batch numbers private so people don't make fraudulent claims.

Sharing your vaccine details could also put you at risk of identity fraud – especially on public platforms like Instagram.

"There's multiple phases in trying to trick and coerce somebody," Raj explained. "The first stage of that is research. The more information we have about you, the better we can craft something.

"I know examples of young children and teenagers being targeted on gaming platforms, with people saying, 'I know what school you go to' – because their parents have posted pictures of them wearing their school uniform on socials.

"You've got to recognise that information can be used against you."

Cybersecurity expert Tracy Cunningham, who works at Check Point, argues that we need more education on online safety.

"Posting pictures of your vaccine cards online can present so much opportunity to cyber criminals to impersonate your identity," she added.

Raj said: "I'd always encourage people to double check things before posting online, and use your common sense. Ask yourself the question, 'is this something you should be posting? Is this something you feel comfortable with? Do you really need to post this?'"

If you are still desperate to post your card, and prove you're not an anti-vaxxer, just make sure you cover or blur any sensitive information.

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