Police have arrested five individuals from across the Greater Toronto Area who were operating as part of an organized fraud ring.
Halton Police said individuals in this group utilized bogus taxi vehicles to set up the offences, typically in busy retail parking lots. The basis of this specific fraud included a number of individuals and vehicles acting in unison targeting good Samaritans, utilizing a point of sale terminal and a slight of hand technique in order to steal the victims’ debit or credit card and pin information. The bogus taxi vehicle used in the most recent incidents was identified as a silver 2007 Toyota Camry (shown below) with a yellow “CIC Inc.” taxi roof sign (shown in the above photo).
On December 8, 2021, investigators located and arrested the individuals responsible in Toronto.
Following these arrests, search warrants were executed at two separate Brampton residences. Police located and seized evidence related to these frauds including dozens of debit cards, point of sale machines, a yellow “CIC Inc.” taxi roof sign, numerous sets of stolen license plates as well as $1,200 in fraudulently obtained gift cards. Police also confiscated approximately $35,000 in Canadian currency.
Police said the five arrested individuals (who are all male residents from across the GTA) were released on an Undertaking.
Members of the community that have been victimized by fraud are encouraged to report these incidents to your local police. Further information and helpful links to other fraud-related resources can be found in the Frauds and Scams area of our website.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.