[NEWS] Taxi drivers in credit fraud

TORONTO – Limo drivers and cabbies operating out of Pearson International Airport have allegedly been ripping off visitors to the GTA with a credit card fraud scheme.

Peel Regional Police say their investigators — in partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority — recently discovered the scam, which targets travellers who use limousine and taxi services after landing at the airport.

“The credit card fraud occurs when the traveller pays for a limousine or taxi service with a credit card and the driver processes the payment with a manual swipe machine on a carbon copy receipt,” police explained. “This process records the victim’s full credit card number and personal details, which exposes the card owner to multiple fraudulent billings.”

The airport division criminal investigation bureau is actively investigating the fraud scheme, police said.

“When an electronic payment option is not available, travellers are encouraged to pay in cash when possible,” police advised. “Make sure to obtain the limousine or taxi license number if you have any concerns.”

Police suggest travellers check their credit card statements for any unauthorized transactions.

And they urge anyone who has experienced “fraudulent billing” or “suspicious transactions” after using limo or taxi services at Pearson to “notify their credit card provider immediately.”

Anyone with information regarding this credit card fraud scheme should call investigators at 905-453-2121, ext 3133, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).