Syed Nadeem Raz Wasti Edmonton cab driver charged with theft

Edmonton cab driver charged with theft
Karyn Mulcahy, Global News: Monday, March 22, 2010 12:01 PM

Credit cards.
Photo Credit: Stelios Varias / Reuters, Reuters

A cab driver has been charged with multiple offenses after several customers had their pin numbers, debit and credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash taken.

The offenses reportedly happened between December 20, 2009 to February 23, 2010. The customers were picked up from bars or resteraunts in the downtown, west end and southside areas of the city.

The driver allegedly told customers they could pay for their fare with debit cards, and were asked to provide their PIN numbers. Their bank cards were then swapped for another.

Victims learned of the scam when they visited their bank and learned that cash had been withdrawn from their accounts.

A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home and 32 bank cards were recovered.

43 year-old Syed Nadeem Raz Wasti of Edmonton has been charged with three counts of stealing a credit card, three counts of possession of identification information, two counts of possession of a stolen credit card and two counts of use or traffic a stolen credit card.

Police are warning the public that a cab driver should not ask for payment via debit card but instead look for cash or credit.

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