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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit probing fake vaccination passport scams

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Key takeaways: 

  • Fake vaccine passports have been marketed for thousands of dollars, states the public security minister.
  • Most likely, vaccine passport fake samples have reportedly taken place in Montreal and the Montérégie and Laurentians areas. 

Anti-corruption sqaud investigating fake vaccination passport: 

Quebec’s anti-corruption scam, UPAC, is smashing down on various schemes concerning fake passports, alerting those involved in production, trafficking, or usage could encounter severe criminal accusations. 

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault told Radio-Canada’s Tout un matin Thursday that UPAC is probing 150 cases linked to fake passports, including 30 involving alleged bribery and risked scam. A single case may be related to several individuals and fake vaccine passports.

“Those committing fraud should know that at any time, the fake passport could be halted,” Guilbault stated. “They will have lost their money, and they could incur unfortunate fines … jail time, penalties.” Source – cbc.ca

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The anti-corruption squad of Quebec investigates in fake passport vaccinations scams

In a report issued by La Presse, a retired employee of the Olympic Stadium mass vaccination centre named the centre’s security system “mediocre.” He stated he had been proposed about $60,000 in fixes to join false information regarding 60 patient files.

Most cases under probe involve risked scam, such as exploiting data in patient files, rather than people having their fake vaccine passports, Guilbault stated, because the government’s system can catch fake QR codes that weren’t given by the region.

“We’ve always been pretty modest regarding how technology has been a challenge for the government and the Health Ministry,” she stated. “We’re pushing hard to make certain … the systems are as useful as feasible.” Source – cbc.ca

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