Grande Prairie RCMP have been receiving complaints from locals about tax scams. The police are urging the public to beware of tax-refund phishing scams.
Constable Shawn Graham told us, the Canada Revenue Agency will not ask for personal information of any kind through email or by voicemail.
He also says, the CRA won’t divulge taxpayers’ information unless pre-authorized by that individual.
Graham says, if a person receives a call, email or text asking for personal information regarding banking, social insurance or passport numbers to report it to the local authorities immediately.
Another tell tale sign of fraudulence is the scammer may badger the tax payer for information, saying that person won’t receive their tax refund without disclosing the personal information. Cases of fraudulency could also come in the form of threatening or intimidating language.
For further info on tax refund phishing scams, the Canada Revenue Agency will host a fraud chat on Twitter on March 29 at 3 p.m., ET.