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U.S. Customs Officers Confiscate Shipment of Fake Vaccination Cards En Route to New Orleans

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) working at the port of Memphis reportedly flagged a shipment of fake vaccination cards coming from Shenzhen, China en route to the central business district of New Orleans.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 3:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) working at the port of Memphis reportedly flagged a shipment of fake vaccination cards coming from Shenzhen, China en route to the central business district of New Orleans.

According to a news release, the shipment was described in the manifest as “PAPER CARD, PAPER” and contained 51 low-quality, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.
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The cards reportedly 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 Centers for Disease Control logo in the upper right corner.

However, there were typos, unfinished words, and some of the Spanish verbiage on the back was misspelled.

Officials say they could tell the cards were counterfeit because the shipment was imported by a non-CDC or medical entity, and this was reportedly not the first time they had seen this shipper.

This fiscal year to date, CBPOs in Memphis have made 121 seizures of 3,017 fake vaccination cards.

The FBI has warned the public that buying, selling, or using a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime, and 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 in a statement. “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.”

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