Halton Regional Police have charged five men in a taxi fraud investigation.
The fraudsters used fake taxi vehicles to set up the offences, and operated out of mall parking lots.
The scheme included individuals and vehicles acting in unison targeting good Samaritans, and used a point of sale terminal and a slight of hand to steal the victims’ debit or credit card and pin information.
The bogus taxi vehicle used in the incidents was as a silver 2007 Toyota Camry with a yellow “CIC Inc.” taxi roof sign.
Last week, police arrested the five men in Toronto.
CBC reported that “a search warrant was executed at two Brampton residences where police seized dozens of debit cards, point of sale machines, a yellow CIC Inc. taxi roof sign, several stolen license plates, $35,000 in cash, $1,200 in fraudulent gift cards and fraudulent identity cards.”
As a result of this investigation, the five individuals (who are all male residents from across the GTA) were charged with:
- Fraud Under $5000
- Unauthorized Possession of Credit Card Data
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Those who believe they are a victim of this fraud should call the Peel Police website in the Fraud and Scams area.
Tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
This article was originally sourced by www.o.canada.com.