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Public Safety Alert,
Taxi Fraud Scam

Broadcast time: 17:45
Monday, September 28, 2020

52 Division

Case #: 2020-1780061

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of multiple taxi fraud scams.

It is reported:

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

- once at the destination, the driver insists that payment be made with a debit card and makes excuses such as not having change and not accepting credit payment

- the taxi driver will then provide the person with a counterfeit debit machine

- the passenger will then insert their card into the machine and enter the PIN number associated to the card

- the counterfeit debit machine then records the PIN

- after the transaction, the taxi driver swaps the persons card with another card from the same financial institution

- the taxi driver now has the victim’s debit card and PIN.

Police would like to remind the public:

- be aware of this fraud scam

- keep your card in your possession. Do not give your card to anyone and do not return a point of sale terminal with your card still inserted

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

- cover your fingers when entering your PIN

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, 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 John Maciek, 52 Division