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Public Safety Alert,
Taxi Fraud Scam



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

52 Division
416-808-5200

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 www.222tips.com, 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.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable John Maciek, 52 Division