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TORONTO – The easing of travel restrictions to Canada this week came with news that proof of vaccination would soon be required by those arriving in the country and expected to be entered into the federal ArriveCAN application.

Travelers should keep a hard or electronic copy of their vaccination documents and the originals of any certified translations for verification at the border and for 14 days after entering Canada.

However, a recurring theme in some online anti-vaccination circles is the belief that COVID-19 vaccination records can easily be tampered with or forged using Photoshop or other methods.

In an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said it was “aware” of these sentiments and noted that until the new measures come into effect travel in early July, there had been no requirement at the border to provide proof of vaccination.

“The CBSA recognizes that there is no global standard for vaccine documentation and that some travelers may attempt to use fraudulent documents when seeking to enter Canada,” the release said. “The CBSA is working closely with national and international partners to detect and intercept these documents as early as possible in the travel continuum.

The CBSA said that as of June 17, the organization had “encountered 79 cases of suspected false or fraudulent COVID-19 test results” at the point of entry, and all individuals have been referred to the Agency. public health of Canada for evaluation.

The CBSA reiterated that all travelers arriving in Canada are required by law to answer questions honestly at the border, and that providing false information can result in a fine of up to $ 750,000 or six. months imprisonment, or both, under the Quarantine Act. .

“Foreign nationals who provide false information may also be refused entry and / or barred from returning to Canada. In addition, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravene this law or the regulations could be liable to a fine of up to $ 1,000,000. or imprisonment for up to 3 years or both, ”the statement reads.

The CBSA has stated that entering vaccine information into the ArriveCAN app is “just one step in the selection process” and that their officers are trained in examination techniques and intelligence to determine the veracity of the vaccine. ‘a traveler and whether his documents are authentic.

However, the CBSA did not provide details on how to differentiate between a valid and falsified COVID-19 vaccine document, claiming in its statement that “the disclosure of our specific targeting, enforcement, intelligence and investigation can make them ineffective ”.

The RCMP also said in an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca that they were “aware of reports of possible scams and fraud related to false COVID-19 vaccine tests and records.”

Mounted police noted that since March 20, 2020, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) has received six reports of fraudulent COVID-19 test results and kits, but warned that “only about five percent of all frauds and scams are reported. To the authorities.

The RCMP said a person “knowingly presenting a false test” could be charged with using, trafficking or possessing false documents, and that the police where the individual is arrested would be tasked with investigating.

The organization also said there have been reports of crooks selling false COVID-19 test results and never delivering the product.

Canadians wishing to report COVID-19 scams or fraud, including false test results and records, should contact their local police and contact the CAFC toll-free at 1-888-495- 8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude. California

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