ALBANY — Residents of New York state are being reminded about the risks of buying or using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

As more and more places are requiring proof of vaccination, scammers are taking advantage by selling fake cards, certificates, test results or even doctors’ notes, officials at the state Department of Consumer Protection said.

New Yorkers should be aware that buying fake vaccine cards, making their own, or filling the blanks with false information is illegal and could land them in jail, officials said.

“With more companies requiring proof of vaccination from employees and customers, New Yorkers should be aware that scammers are hard at work producing fake vaccine cards,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado in a news release. “Our Division of Consumer Protection and other law enforcement authorities are working hard to prevent illegal activities by these scammers that put us all at risk.”

The only legitimate way to get proof of vaccination — or a negative test result — is to get vaccinated or to test negative, state officials said. If you lose that proof, check with your state health department or your vaccine provider to find out how to obtain a replacement.

New Yorkers should report vaccine-related fraud by calling 1 (833) VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) or emailing

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