With teachers, nurses, police officers, and more facing mandates to receive the experimental COVID-19 injection, there’s a new black market growing in the United States.
Fake vaccination cards.
Forged documents that show you’ve ‘received the jab(s).’
One scheme ran by a New Jersey woman known as ‘AntiVaxMomma’ on Instagram was recently busted by authorities.
AntiVaxMomma sold around 250 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards for $200 each.
But for an extra fee, customers could have their name entered into the New York state vaccination database.
However, undercover investigators performed a sting operation on the scheme.
AntiVaxMomma was charged for offering false documents and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
A New Jersey woman who went by AntiVaxMomma on Instagram was charged in Manhattan on Tuesday with a conspiracy to sell hundreds of fake coronavirus vaccination cards over the social media platform. https://t.co/slumYpnLCs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 31, 2021
A New Jersey woman calling herself the AntiVaxMomma on Instagram sold several hundred fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at $200 a pop to New York City-area jab dodgers, including people working in hospitals and nursing homes. https://t.co/vVT70uIwDI
— NPR (@NPR) September 1, 2021
New York prosecutors charged 15 people in a fake #vaccinationcard conspiracy masterminded by a woman known as #AntiVaxMomma. Jasmine Clifford, a 31-year-old from New Jersey, is accused of selling approximately 250 forged cards through her Instagram account @AntiVaxMomma. pic.twitter.com/eCiaOBDiQf
— CITY ALERT | Digital Content (@CityAlert) September 1, 2021
Jasmine Clifford, a 31-year-old from New Jersey, is accused of selling approximately 250 forged cards through her Instagram account @AntiVaxMomma, the Manhattan District Attorney's office saidhttps://t.co/Ec5BQwmYO7#COVID19#Coronavirus
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 31, 2021
The fake cards were sold to New York City-area jab dodgers, including people working in hospitals and nursing homes, prosecutors said Tuesday. https://t.co/Uz76mK7WHK
— NBC12 WWBT Richmond (@NBC12) September 2, 2021
Protip: if you are gonna run this scheme do not make your handle “AntiVaxMomma” https://t.co/yDZhbOsnwG
— Duck Tale (@dakduffyj42) September 1, 2021
ABC News reported:
A New Jersey woman calling herself the AntiVaxMomma on Instagram sold several hundred fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at $200 a pop to New York City-area jab dodgers, including people working in hospitals and nursing homes, prosecutors said Tuesday.
For an extra $250, a second scammer would then enter a bogus card buyer’s name into a New York state vaccination database, which feeds systems used to verify vaccine status at places they’re required, such as concerts and sporting events, prosecutors said.
Jasmine Clifford, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, was charged Tuesday with offering a false instrument, criminal possession of a forged instrument and conspiracy. Authorities say she sold about 250 fake vaccine cards in recent months.
Clifford’s alleged co-conspirator, Nadayza Barkley, of Bellport, Long Island, did not enter a plea an an arraignment Tuesday morning in Manhattan criminal court on charges of offering a false instrument and conspiracy.
Prosecutors say Barkley entered at least 10 names into the state’s vaccine database while working at a Patchogue medical clinic and received payments for her work from Clifford through the services Zelle and CashApp.
Online court records did not list lawyers for Clifford or Barkley who could comment.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called on Facebook, which owns Instagram, and other tech companies to crack down on vaccine card fraudsters, saying in a statement “the stakes are too high to tackle fake vaccination cards with whack-a-mole prosecutions.”
Facebook said that it prohibits anyone from buying or selling COVID-19 vaccine cards and that it removed Clifford’s account in early August for breaking its rules.