GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Over the past couple of months, Grande Prairie RCMP say they have seen an increase in phone scams that continue to target local residents.

According to RCMP, in these scams, suspects contact potential victims by phone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency / Service Canada, pressuring individuals to divulge personal information and requesting money.

Police say the suspects use high-pressure tactics and in some cases threaten the victim with arrest if the amount owing is not paid.

In order to prevent fraud, the RCMP reminds the public that the Government never would demand payment over the phone and that you should never provide personal or financial information over the phone.

If you are a victim of fraud, you can report it by visiting