On Friday, March 24, 2017, the Toronto Police Service made the public aware of an ongoing debit-card fraud investigation that is not specific to one taxi company.
There have been multiple occurrences in which a taxi operator has switched debit cards while passing the terminal/PIN pad back and forth during payment. The operator returns a different debit card from the same financial institution. The operator is then in possession of the passenger’s debit card and the corresponding PIN.
The operator’s position in a taxi, particularly at night in low light, provides ample opportunity to manipulate cards out of the passenger’s sight.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted in a debit-card fraud investigation. Security camera images of him have been released.
Police would like to warn the public to be vigilant with their debit cards/PIN information at all times.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.