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06.12.2021 : News
Distribution of fake safety certificates puts public at risk
In Alberta, the RCMP has Uncovered a Fraud Involving the Distribution of Thousands of Counterfeit Safety Certificates
On November 4th, the RCMP has uncovered a large-scale fraud involving the distribution and selling of thousands of counterfeit safety certificates across the western provinces of the country. The operation mostly involves first-aid and hydrogen sulphide awareness trainings as well as other safety courses.
The two major organizations affected by the fraud are the Canadian Red Cross with their Canadian Red Cross’s First Aid/CPR courses and Energy Safety Canada with their H2S-Alive® course. Investigators believe that if most of the fake certificates were distributed in Alberta, some might have crossed the near-province borders. While both organizations are closely working with the authorities on this issue, concerns have been raised regarding health and safety in the workplace.
“The Red Cross offers first aid and CPR training to help workplaces comply with both federal and provincial/territorial occupational health and safety legislation. Fraudulent certificates mean that training was not completed, which puts the safety and well-being of people in workplaces at risk.” said Jenn McManus, the vice-president for Canadian Red Cross in Alberta and Northwest Territories. Murray Elliot, the president and CEO of Energy Safety Canada has stated that “Safety training is one of many critical layers of controls in the industry. Ensuring workers are properly trained and certificates are valid is a priority. Falsifying safety certificates is a significant concern, one that impacts safety in the field.”
The Risk of Safety Certificates Fraud is Only Increasing
Unfortunately, as obtaining and verifying such certificates continues to be done more and more digitally, the risks of fraud are only increasing. Earlier this summer, as reported by the Montreal Gazette, a Montreal couple was arrested by the Montreal Police for allegedly producing and selling fake certificates for $800 each showing that the holders could become health-care assistants.
As technological advancement continues to offer more efficient ways to access information, some individuals will keep getting better at evading the safety protocols put in place to protect the authenticity of that information.
How To Prevent Such Fraudulent Schemes
Having a proper background check program in place should be the first step for any company that needs its employees or contractors to have professional credentials to perform their duties. Mintz Global Screening provides Professional Licence verifications for locations in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Due to the high number of “diploma mills” and fraudulent accreditation services, it is essential that we first determine the validity of the organization and their authority to issue diplomas/credentials. Mintz’s team conducts a direct verification through the official resources of the institution that issued the person’s credential.
To offer an effective way of conducting and accessing verified credentials, Mintz Global Screening has partnered with Credivera to create the cWallet: a simple mobile interface allowing employees and contractors to verify their work certifications. Built on blockchain technology, the cWallet offers irrefutable and auditable proof of valid certification in real time and eliminates administrative and human errors associated with managing out of date background checks, abstracts and certifications. This technology was built with regulatory and data privacy compliance at its core to give workers autonomy over who can access their information, and controlled permissions ensure that data can only be accessed by people with the right privileges.
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