Here are the latest things to be aware of to keep you from getting ripped off in a taxi scam.
- For cities that have multiple tarriffs depending on the time of day, the taxi driver can just switch over to the most expensive one. The customer usually never knows.
- One popular scam is to forget to reset the meter. So the time just adds from the last trip. Some never switch it on and claim it is broken.
- Unlicensed drivers. Some scammers will go to airports or tourist spots in cars that are not legitimate taxis, but have markings on them to make them look legitimate.
- Some taxi drivers will make up phony charges, like fees for using the AC or heat, or even carrying your luggage.
- The oldest trick in the book is taking the long way. Unless the driver knows at first the passenger is from the local area, they will engage in a conversation to find out if they are familiar with the area. If not, they will take the “scenic route” to bump up the fare.
- Some taxi drivers will conveniently “not have any small change”. They will even charge you to take you to an atm, so that you can get cash out.
- Some taxi drivers will switch out your bill with a lower one and then claim you owe them more money.
- One pretty bold scam involves the taxi driver telling you that the business you are going to is closed . They then convince you to go to another place where they receive a kick back for bringing you there.
- And still another trick involves large bills. When you try to pay with a large denomination bill, the driver says he has no change, hoping he will get a big tip from the transaction.