Two Toronto men charged in debit card fraud involving taxi passengers

Two men face charges in a taxicab debit card fraud investigation.

Police said the probe, which began last fall, focused on customers having their debit cards switched after having paid their cab fare.

“The taxi driver would switch the customer’s card for one that resembled their financial institution,” police stated in a news release Tuesday, June 7. “The customer’s card was then used to withdraw funds and to purchase retail merchandise.”

On June 2, police executed several search warrants and arrested two men.

Muhammed Tariq, 26, of Toronto, is charged with three counts of fraud under, three counts of possessing a credit card obtained by crime, and one count of forgery.

Ahmed Dogar, 25, of Toronto, is charged with theft of a credit card, fraud over, six counts of possessing a credit card obtained by crime, five counts of fraud under, and three counts of forgery.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on the afternoon of July 5.

People should be vigilant when using debit cards at point-of-sale machines and always maintain possession of their card and ensure they get a receipt, police said.

Source:http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6711608-two-toronto-men-charged-in-debit-card-fraud-involving-taxi-passengers/

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