How to Avoid a Taxi Scam

How to Avoid a Taxi Scam

Here are the latest things to be aware of to keep you from getting ripped off in a taxi scam.Aarons Shuttle Taxi

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4.  Some taxi drivers will make up phony charges, like fees for using the AC or heat, or even carrying your luggage.
  5.  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.
  6.  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.
  7.  Some taxi drivers will switch out your bill with a lower one and then claim you owe them more money.
  8.  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.
  9. 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.

 


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