Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beware of Taxi Scams in the Philippines

There are few convenient transportation in Manila, Philippines. The train system is unreliable. The easiest way to get around is through a Taxicab. However, beware of these taxicabs that scam people in Manila.

GMA7 News reported two taxi drivers were caught scamming their passengers in Manila, particularly passengers coming from NAIA (Manila Airport).

The taxi drivers who were caught victimized two women last night June 24, 2014. The driver told them the taxi ran out of fuel and demand P1,400 (US$32) from them. They refused to pay, the taxi driver didn't let them get out of the cab. Luckily, there was a cop in the area who saw them and arrested the taxi driver.

Their modus operandi is lure their victims with low fare without using the meter. Then in the middle of the road or some place dark they will pretend that the taxi ran out of fuel or it has broken down then the taxi driver will demand P1,400 (US$32). The passenger doors handles are broken so that the victims won't able to get out of the taxi. You won't be able to open the window to shout for help since it is also broken.

Here are some tips in using Taxi in the Philippines:

  • Always take precautions.
  • Don’t enter a taxi if there is anyone other than the driver in it. Check the floors (back and front) and the trunk if there is someone hiding on the floor.
  • Before getting in a taxi check that the doors can be locked from the inside, otherwise you’re vulnerable when stopped in traffic. Also check if the door can be opened from the inside and the windows should be working.
  • Demand to use the meter. 
  • Take note of the license plate number.
  • Once in the taxi conspicuously text the number of the taxi to someone.
  • Remember to text the contact when you have arrived safely.
  • When driving in the city, make sure that the doors are locked and the windows rolled up.
  • If the driver is unwilling to comply with your requests, it is best to wait for another cab.

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