Taxi drivers are being targeted by crooks paying with FAKE £50 notes during the COVID-19 period

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Taxi drivers in the capital are being targeted by crooks paying with fake £50 notes during the COVID-19 period.

According to the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), one of their members was recently the victim of the counterfeiting gang who are targeting taxi drivers with the fake money.

The LTDA stated that taxis are often hailed in the central EC, WC and N1 postcodes and then asked to run a journey amounting to around £12-14. Once the journey is complete the men then tender a £50 note as payment.

Two suspects alleged to have been part of the scam were caught on taxi CCTV travelling on 26 June. During the footage one of the men could be seen with multiple £50 notes whilst sitting on the backseats.

The incident has been reported to the police.

A spokesperson fro the LTDA said: “Unluckily for them our member captured CCTV of them hailing his cab and during the ride they can be seen sorting out a large wad of fake £50s in preparation to dupe the driver at the end of the ride.

“They have been reported to the police and a crime recorded, if they attempt to hail you be careful, on the rare chance you see a police car or officer point them in the direction of these two.”

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