By January, police reported that as many as 75 passengers had been ripped off of tens of thousands of dollars after their debit cards had been swapped by their driver and their bank accounts were drained. In May, another victim came forward after she claimed she was scammed coming home from a nightclub.
“He took my card and was hunched over in the front seat then handed my card back to me,” said Ryerson student Heather Jennings. The next day when she went to use her debit card, it was declined.
“I went home and looked at my bank account and I saw all these transaction made on my account, up to $2,000,” said Jennings.
Last month Toronto police arrested two men in connection with the scam.
Muhammad Tariq, 26, and Ahmed Dogar, 25, were charged with multiple counts of fraud, possession of credit card obtained by crime and forgery.
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three other men who are also suspects.
Security camera images of the suspects have been released.
Police are concerned there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7239.