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Kingston Police investigating downtown taxi scam

Suspect vehicle in a taxi scam committed in downtown Kingston last weekend. Image via Kingston Police.

Kingston Police have been made aware of multiple incidents of a taxi scam that occurred in the downtown area over the weekend of October 16 and 17, 2021.

According to a release from Kingston Police, there are two suspects involved in these incidents. One male acted as a taxi driver and the other male pretended to be a customer. Police said that while the vehicle was parked along the road, the customer exited the vehicle and approached his victims. He told his victims that he was unable to pay for his fare and asked for their assistance. He told them that the fare was a small amount (between $7- $10) and asked them to pay it for him.

Many of the victims were not concerned about the amount and offered to help, according to police. They gave the driver their credit/debit card, punched in their PIN and their card was given back to them after the transaction was completed. The following day, each victim noticed several charges to their credit/debit accounts. They also noticed that their bank card had been replaced with a counterfeit debit/credit card. 

Police said that during the transaction, the suspect used a skimming device to obtain each victim’s PIN. He kept their debit/credit card and gave the victim a new card that looked like theirs. The suspects attended several ATM’s and stores to withdraw money and make purchases. According to the release, the victims are at a loss between $2,000 and $4,000.

At this time, Kingston Police does not have photographs of the suspects. The victims provided police with descriptions of the suspects and a photograph of the vehicle involved (see above.)

Suspects

  • Driver: East Indian, 20-30 years of age, short black hair with bangs, and a thin black goatee with straggly hair around the cheeks.
  • Customer: East Indian, very thin, approximately 18 years old, clean shaven, black wavy shoulder length hair, carrying a black backpack, wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.

Suspect Vehicle

  • Black 4 door Chevy Sedan, Toronto Fleet sign (Blue/White) on top of vehicle.

Kingston Police are urging the public to call police immediately if they see this occurring or are approached. Anyone with information pertaining to this matter should contact Detective Constable Brian Hanwell at [email protected] or 613-549-4660 x6337.

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