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Tax season scams targeting Grande Prairie residents

RCMP are warning Grande Prairie residents to be wary of scams this tax season.

As well the Canada Revenue Agency has issued a warning about an ongoing scam that has been targeting residents.

The CRA says taxpayers may receive either a phone call, email, or letter from someone claiming to the the Canadian Revenue Agency.

The fraudster will request personal information like social insurance, bank account, credit card, and passport numbers, claiming that the information is needed so the taxpayer can receive their refund or benefit payment.

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The CRA will never ask for personal information via email, and does not divulge taxpayer info unless a formal authorization is given by that person.

Another scam that has been popping up is a web site that looks similar to the Canada Revenue Agency’s site, and asks the user to verify their identity by entering personal information.

If you believe you are being targeted by one of these phishing scams, you should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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