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Toronto Taxi Scam

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Toronto Taxi Scam

I think a surefire way to nab the criminals involved in the neverending taxi scam in Toronto where debit cards are stolen from innocent passengers would be if there were undercover cops who want a ride home, and they keep a flashlight (if small) on them (in their pocket or on a keychain) to verify the card, and if the customer says it is not his or her card, the driver will likely insist that it is the customer's card, assuming the customer is under the influence of alcohol (whom the scammer wants to take advantage of), and the scammer will be in for a surprise when the customer he took is actually revealed to be a police officer who reveals his police badge, and making an on-the-spot arrest, and eventually seizing the stolen items and giving the victims back the money that was stolen. And these undercover cops should be stationed to the Downtown core every night, no questions asked.

I also believe that the taxi scams are likely an organized crime ring, and the more undercover police officers there are, the more likely the crime ring will be busted.

I did learn that one scammer was facing nearly 200 charges of debit card fraud in September 2017. There has been no reports on the verdict yet, but chances are he's getting a life sentence.
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Police are too busy catching people doing rolling stops at stop signs. Heck they don't even have time to slow down the record high murder rate.

While I do agree sting operations might be benificial it will not happen in the foreseeable future and most likely never.
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Cybersid wrote:
Dec 18th, 2018 2:37 pm
Police are too busy catching people doing rolling stops at stop signs. Heck they don't even have time to slow down the record high murder rate.

While I do agree sting operations might be benificial it will not happen in the foreseeable future and most likely never.
So true. I despise cops who camp at stop signs just for that...
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Electrah wrote:
Dec 18th, 2018 2:43 pm
So true. I despise cops who camp at stop signs just for that...
It’s about meeting quotas/dat easy money.

Tickets ain’t gonna write themselves.
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The GTA taxi business is one of the least transparent industries in Canada. Uber and Lyft have my undieing business for that reason.

Having the taxi drivers hassle you for taking Uber at the airport is just icing on this cake.
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those airport limo's are the worst
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Electrah wrote:
Dec 18th, 2018 2:43 pm
So true. I despise cops who camp at stop signs just for that...
to be fair, they wanna be spending their time waiting for someone to do a rolling stop as much as you love getting ticketed for it. its part of the job, needs to get done, so they stick it out until they hit their tax target...err..ticket target.
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I thought police just sit at parking lots catching up, when they have time for tickets and even catching scammers...
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Engi-Nir wrote:
Dec 18th, 2018 9:24 pm
I thought police just sit at parking lots catching up, when they have time for tickets and even catching scammers...
Police officers sitting in parking lots are often writing reports. That's or they're on a cofee break or meal break (which they're entitled to, like any other employee...).
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redflagdealsguy wrote:
Dec 18th, 2018 3:13 pm
The GTA taxi business is one of the least transparent industries in Canada. Uber and Lyft have my undieing business for that reason.

Having the taxi drivers hassle you for taking Uber at the airport is just icing on this cake.
Yup, that is why whenever I take taxis I pay cash only
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Add some stickers to the card, done.
Or if you really know what you're doing (to avoid hitting the magnetic strip/the chip/the rfid components), add some holes to your card to make it distinct.
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jasonchewy wrote:
Dec 19th, 2018 10:20 am
Add some stickers to the card, done.
Or if you really know what you're doing (to avoid hitting the magnetic strip/the chip/the rfid components), add some holes to your card to make it distinct.
This is actually a very smart idea, upvote for the tip!
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jasonchewy wrote:
Dec 19th, 2018 10:20 am
Add some stickers to the card, done.
Or if you really know what you're doing (to avoid hitting the magnetic strip/the chip/the rfid components), add some holes to your card to make it distinct.
I have a Hello Kitty sticker on the back of my card. :lol:

Plus I never let taxi drivers or anyone else handle my card. If they refuse to let me tap or insert the card, I go elsewhere.
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