Toronto police issue a warning after ‘good Samaritans’ have been swindled in taxi card fraud

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Incidents of payment card fraud involving taxis are up in the eastern end of Toronto.

Toronto police said in a news release on November 2 that they have received a number of reports of taxi scams since October.

Investigators said a vehicle that appears to be a taxi is parked in a heavily trafficked area.

One person pretends to be the driver of the vehicle, while another is the “customer”.

They then pretend to have a loud altercation in which the driver refuses to take cash “because of COVID-19,” police said.

Passers-by who overhear the fight fall victim to the scam when they offer to help by using their own debit card in exchange for cash.

Police said their PIN for debit cards and other data was stolen when they entered their PIN in a modified machine.

Once the transaction has gone through, the so-called Good Samaritan gets another bank card, similar to their own card, and accepts cash from the fake taxi customer.

The two suspects, who are now in possession of the victim’s debit card and PIN, then make fraudulent purchases and withdrawals.

Toronto police remind the public to keep your debit card in your possession, not give your card to anyone and not return a sales terminal with your card still inserted. Examine your card after each transaction and make sure it is your card and cover your fingers when entering your PIN.

Anyone with information please contact police at 416-808-4100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.

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