Thousands of fake vaccine cards seized in Memphis – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards have been seized in Memphis.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBPO) officers working in the Port of Memphis seized 15 shipments of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards overnight.

This fiscal year to date, Memphis has made 121 seizures totaling 3,017 of these immunization cards.

According to a US Customs and Border Protection statement, officers reported suspicious cargo arriving from Shenzhen, China, en route to the New Orleans central business district. It was described in the manifesto as “PAPER CARD, PAPER” and CBPO ​​said they already knew what it was because this was the 15th such shipment of the night.

Inside were 51 low-quality and counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.

According to a statement dated Aug. 13, the cards feature blanks for the recipient’s name and date of birth, vaccine manufacturer, batch number, date and location of injection, and the Center’s logo. for Disease Control in the upper right corner. . However, there are typos, unfinished words, and spelling mistakes.

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Another reason the cards were blatantly counterfeit was because they had been imported by a non-CDC or medical entity.

Customs said it was not the first time they had seen this shipper.

Sometimes the manifests describe the shipments as “Paper Greeting Cards / Use Greeting Card”, sometimes they are “PAPER CARDS TO PAPER”, but they are always from China.

The cards come in bundles of different amounts and there is never any attempt to cover them up, customs said.

They are shipped all over the United States.

The FBI warned that buying, selling or using a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime.

Violators face a fine and up to five years in prison.

“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” said Michael Neipert, regional manager for the Port of Memphis. “If you don’t want to receive a vaccine, it’s your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and present yourself in a false light. CBP officers at the regional port of Memphis remain committed to ending counterfeit smuggling and helping protect our communities. But just be aware that when you order a fake vaxx card you are using up my agents time because they are also grabbing fentanyl and methamphetamines.

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