An cab ride cost Bran Ramsey’s bank account more than ,600. “It was a green TD card, but it was in French,” he said.Ramsey, 26, said he hailed a taxi at the corner of Spadina Ave. “I immediately called the bank and talked to their fraud department. Hours later, he realized the card returned to him wasn’t his.
Despite the ordeal, Ramsey said he doesn’t want to condemn the entire cab industry.
“I’ll use cabs, but I’ll be more cautious, like realizing the car I’m in or taking a picture of the ID tag,” he said.
Toronto Police detectives believe a ring of crooked cabbies have stolen dozens of bank cards since late November.
They allegedly use bogus point-of-sale machines to capture data from debit and credit accounts and then hand the customer a fake card that looks similar to their own. Jason Hunter said it’s too early to tell whether Ramsey’s case and the others are connected.
They told me there (were) 12 withdrawals and two deposits — I’m assuming empty envelopes — by the next morning.” Ramsey said he was “tipsy, but not hammered” when he got into the car.
He remembers it was a male driver, but can’t recall the cab company or taxi number.
He declined the receipt that was offered to him, but said the transaction never appeared on his account anyway. Ramsey said the bank told him his money was taken out at convenience store ATMs and the Thompson Hotel.
“The bank has reimbursed me all the withdrawals,” he said.
“We’ve seen these frauds and the public’s aware of them,” he said.
“Just be cognizant of what card you’re giving them and what you’re getting back.” Sajid Mughal of the i Taxiworkers Association said it’s possible the culprits aren’t even licensed taxi drivers, but “delivery people” who’ve purchased a taxi sign.
Mughal said he doesn’t believe the theory cabbies are defrauding customers because Uber has taken away business.