Halton police are warning residents about a fake taxi scam occurring in the region. Police who are currently investigating three occurrences that took place in Oakville over the weekend shared details of how the scam works.
The fraud typically involves two suspects – one acting as taxi driver and the other acting as a customer, said investigators. The fake taxi driver will refuse to accept cash from the fake customer for a fare. The suspect playing the role of customer will then prey on unsuspecting individuals nearby, asking them to use their debit card to pay the fare in exchange for cash (which will be given to the victim at the time).
The intent is to draw the victim to the taxi, where the fake taxi driver presents a point of sale machine to the victim. The debit card is swiped/inserted into the machine and the PIN number covertly obtained by the suspects. The victim is then distracted by the suspect playing the role of customer, at which point the driver switches the debit card (retaining the victim’s card and giving them a different one back).
The stolen debit card is then used by the suspects to withdraw money and/or make purchases.
According to police this scam has been occurring across the province for some time. Halton police had also issued a similar warning last November.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents, or about similar incidents, is asked to contact the Fraud Intake Line at 905-825-4777 ext. 8741. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.