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Public Safety Alert,
Taxi Fraud

Broadcast time: 10:00
Thursday, July 16, 2020

14 Division

Case #: 2020-1199531

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a fraud targeting people seeking taxi services.

It is reported that:

- a person waves down a taxi cab and requests a ride to a destination

- once at the destination, the victim is asked to pay with a debit card

- the taxi driver advises they do not have change and do not accept credit payment

- the taxi driver provides the victim with a debit card machine

- the victim uses the debit card machine by placing their card into the device

- during the transaction, the taxi driver switches the victim’s card with another person's debit card

The police would like to remind the public to always:

- keep your card in your possession

- do not give your card to anyone

- do not return a debit card machine with your card still inserted

- inspect your card after each transaction to ensure it is your card

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mickael Ferreira, 14 Division