Police issue second warning over bogus taxi/debit card scam as number of reported incidents rises to 8 – Canada Police Report

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Richmond, BC – Richmond RCMP are again warning the public of debit card fraud involving a fake taxi, fake driver and fake passenger.

Since April 22, there have been at least 8 reports of a young man approaching people in busy parking lots, asking them to help pay for his taxi because he didn’t have enough money. money. Upon agreeing to help, the victim is told by the taxi driver that he is not taking money due to Covid, and that he does not accept credit cards. The unsuspecting victim then provides the driver with a debit card to pay for the transaction electronically. The driver then claims that the tap function of his electronic payment machine does not work. He then takes the victim’s card, pretends to make a transaction, asks the victim to enter his PIN code and gives him a fake card. The unsuspecting victim later discovers several fraudulent transactions on his debit card, most involving several hundred dollars.

Archive photo – Fake taxi

Corporal Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP says, “This scam appears to be news to the City of Richmond, but we have already had eight victims report the matter to police in the past few days. Investigators from our frontline and economic crime unit work diligently to identify and locate suspects. In the meantime, we believe it is necessary to warn the public about this fraudulent activity.

The fake taxi driver is described as a Fijian or South Asian male in his early twenties.

The fake passenger is described as a Middle Eastern male also in his early twenties.

The suspects used several different vehicle designs, including a white taxi sign, to perpetuate these offences.

Anyone with information about this is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, quoting case number 2022-10686. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit them online at solvecrime.ca

File # 2022-10686

Richmond RCMP

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