CHICAGO — Officials found more than a dozen fake vaccination cards in a package at O’Hare Airport — and knew they were fake because they had misspelled words.
The package was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers Aug. 31 at O’Hare Airport. It was heading from China to Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Officials found 19 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards inside. They “closely resembled” real vaccinations cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — except they had a “low-quality appearance and misspelled words,” according to a news release.
Customs and Border Patrol has been seizing a “high volume” of fake vaccination cards around the country, according to the agency.
The FBI has warned creating, buying or selling fake vaccine cards is illegal, and people who do so can face fines and prison time.
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