Canadian taxi drivers dupe customers with manipulated POS machines

Canada’s Greater Toronto Area, one of the nation’s most crowded metros is facing a territory wide emergency: taxi fare scams. Started in 2018, this crisis keeps on alarming police and they are constantly barraged with numerous reports of this scam. As of now, just six people have been captured with more than 200 fraud charges imposed on them.

It appears that the cab drivers behind this scam manipulate the POS machines connected with payments. Constable Kristin Thomas, who is supervising the examination, talked about the genuine scale which the scam has ascended to.

“We’re in the millions of a loss when you put them all together,” she told The Globe and Mail.

Likewise, Thomas said that a Canadian bank has revealed misfortunes adding up to $1 million by hoodwinked clients.

Mode Of Operation

At the point when a client finishes his or her ride, the driver hands them a manipulated POS machine called ‘debit machine’. After swiping the client’s credit/check card, a PIN is entered by the client. However, it is met with an error message.

Now the driver swaps this card with a phony one without the client’s knowledge and ‘finishes’ the transaction. The driver hands the phony card back to the client, keeping the client’s original card with themselves.

The manipulated POS machines record the PIN for the card utilized by the client. When the driver retains the client’s original card, they later go to the bank and deplete the client’s account utilizing the PIN recorded from the machine.

These drivers are said to work amid late night or early morning hours when clients are less inclined to be alert.

Vast numbers stress police

Police suspect that even after the arrests, other drivers are still out there duping more clients. “There are still a number of incidents occurring, and there are still outstanding individuals actively defrauding the public utilizing various cabs in the Greater Toronto Area,” the police told the media.

In the interim, taxi organizations are collaborating with the police making it easier to arrest independently working drivers.

Suggestions from police

The Toronto police gave the accompanying tips to abstain from getting defrauded by such cab drivers.

  • Never leave your credit/debit card unattended inside a POS machine.
  • Remove your credit/debit card from the POS machine before handing it back to the driver in any capacity whatsoever.
  • Note the taxi numbers when utilizing any taxi service.
  • Check the driver’s identity proof displayed in the back of the taxi.

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