Fake taxi drivers warning issued for passengers in Exeter

Taxis at Exeter St David's usually do a roaring trade
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Police are warning people using taxis in Exeter to be extra vigilant following reports of people posing as legitimate taxi drivers. The convincing scammers are said to be using 'fake props' to make it appear like they are a registered taxi.

Advice has been issued on how to recognise a genuine taxi and the steps that people can take to ensure their safety when travelling in a taxi.

In a post on Facebook, Exeter Police said: "With the weekend coming up we thought we would post some helpful reminders to take in to consideration if you're going to be using a taxi. Unfortunately, we're aware of people posing as taxi drivers and using fake props to make their vehicle appear like a legitimate taxi.

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"Exeter City Council Hackney Carriages and Private Hire are all licenced and will display this on an internal and external plate. This will show the vehicle registration number, an expiry date and a code. The drivers will also carry in date photo ID.

"All registered and legitimate taxis will be five door vehicles. If you have to fold over the passenger seat to get into the vehicle, stop, leave the vehicle and book yourself a genuine taxi.

"Top tip - always take a photo of the vehicle including the vehicle registration number and send it to a friend or family member prior to setting off. A real taxi driver won't mind you doing this. If you have any concerns please leave the taxi immediately. Call 999 if you need to report a crime or suspicious activity."