NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new warning about a bizarre scam surrounding face masks.

Federal officials say cards claiming that someone is exempt from wearing a mask in public are fake.

One phony card claims businesses trying to enforce the rule by requiring the card carrier to wear a mask will face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

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Investigators also say the FTBA, or Freedom to Breathe Agency, is not part of the government.

Cards have surfaced in the New York area and other parts of the country.

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