Mississauga man charged in connection with taxi scam

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A Mississauga man is facing charges in connection with an alleged taxi scam.

Toronto police say officers have received reports about multiple incidents in which a taxi driver has switched out customers’ debit cards with a similar card from the same bank.

According to police, the original cards were used for fraudulent transactions until the funds were completely depleted or the account was blocked by the cardholder. 

On Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, 22-year-old Jerron Acosta was arrested.

Police say the accused was arrested driving a 2016 red Toyota Corolla taxi, with a licence plate reading CKMB 471. The vehicle also has a City of Toronto Taxi Plate with the numbers 1484.

The accused was charged with 31 counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 and possession of a schedule I substance

He will appear in court on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Police believe there may be others involved in similar scams, as well as other victims.

Anyone who has any information, or believes they have been a victim of a taxi scam, is urged to contact police at 416-808-1400.

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