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Public Advisory,
Taxi Frauds - 41 Division

Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Unit: 41 Division
Phone: 416-808-4100
Case #: 2021-2075829

The Toronto Police Service 41 Division would like to advise the public of an increase in debit card fraud occurrences involving taxi cabs.

Since October 2021, it has been reported:

- a vehicle resembling a taxi parks in a high-traffic area

- a person poses as the taxi driver and the other person poses as a customer

- the two pretend to have a loud argument and the taxi driver refuses to take cash due
to COVID-19

- a good Samaritan overhears the argument and offers to help by offering to pay with their own debit card in exchange for cash

- the good Samaritan inputs the PIN number for their debit card into the modified machine. The terminal then records the card data and PIN number

- after the transaction goes through, the good Samaritan is given another bank card resembling their own card and accepts cash from the fake taxi customer

- the fake customer and taxi driver are then in possession of the actual debit card and use the PIN number to make a number of fraudulent purchases and withdrawals

The police would like to remind the public of the following:

- 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 416-808-4100, 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 Constable Hysan Yeung, 41 Division