Grande Prairie RCMP are reminding people to be careful when it comes to their taxes and scams. During tax season, police warn that there are people that will pose as the Canada Revenue Agency asking for your personal information. This can include social insurance number, credit card info or passport numbers. The person will contact you through email, mail or phone and also threaten to withhold a tax refund or benefit payment to persuade the information out of you.
Officers say another common scam sends someone to a website that resembles the CRA website and prompts them to verify their information.
Police say the CRA will not request personal information via email or leave a voicemail with personal information. They add that once you have fallen for the scam, these cases are difficult to investigate and the best way to combat it is to recognize it before you are a victim.