As COVID-19 vaccination ramps up in Quebec, watch out for scams. According to the provincial government and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), fraudsters are calling people up to offer vaccines for a fee — and nothing about it is legit. \nThe CAFC told MTL Blog that between September 2020 — prior to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada — and January 2021, it received reports of fraud calls offering "vaccine kits," "vaccine sign-up links" and scam-artists posing as the World Health Organization.\nEditor's Choice: Quebec Worries For A 'Calm Before The Storm' In Montreal Due To The COVID-19 U.K. Variant\n\nIn total, the CAFC received:\n\n\nOne September 2020 report of an unsolicited email offering gloves, test kits and vaccines\n\n\nOne December 2020 report of an unsolicited call offering a home vaccination kit for an up-front fee\n\n\nOne January 2021 report of an unsolicited email asking people to click links to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine\n\n\nOne January 2021 report of an unsolicited call claiming to be World Health Organization and asking individuals to register for their vaccine shot, but claiming individuals needed to buy gift cards to secure their spot.\n\n\nCOVID-19 vaccinations are free and conducted by your provincial immunization program.\nIf you're being contacted online or by phone and being asked to pay for your vaccine, it's not real. \nDue to public health rules, Canadians are relying on #OnlineShopping more than ever. This puts us at greater risk of being targeted by fraudsters. Even if you’ve shopped online for years, it’s key to stay ahead of the latest scams. See our #ConsumerAlert: https://t.co/GO0vdhuMDO pic.twitter.com/ZmYUQZ6Dcl— Competition Bureau Canada (@CompBureau) March 2, 2021\n\nA new survey by Interac Canada shows that more than half of Canadians believe there's a greater risk of fraud in general — not just related to vaccines — during the pandemic due to increased online activities, such as online banking, online shopping and access to government services.\nMost notably, 58% of respondents said the pandemic has increased stress levels with regard to fraud in Canada and 55% of Canadians surveyed worried increased isolation is making the population more susceptible to fraud.\nNearly six in 10 survey respondents — or 57% — reported seeing increased fraud attempts during the pandemic year.\nAccording to Interac Canada, the virtual nature of COVID-19 is making young Canadians more aware of fraud and more "scam savvy." \nSurvey results showed that Gen Z adults are the most likely to report that they themselves or someone close to them had fallen victim to fraud during the pandemic year, at 52%.\nIn contrast, only 30% of seniors aged 65 and over reported that they or someone close to them had fallen victim to fraud during the pandemic year.\nYou can report any fraud or scams you experience to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online.