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LTA concerned over someone losing $16k in taxi permit scam

An unsuspecting person was conned off $16,000 cash by a person impersonating a Land Transport Authority (LTA) executive in the hope of receiving a taxi permit. This prompted the LTA to release a statement warning the public not to deal with people they don’t know after receiving many complaints from customers who have lost a […]

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March 8, 2016 1:09 pm

An unsuspecting person was conned off $16,000 cash by a person impersonating a Land Transport Authority (LTA) executive in the hope of receiving a taxi permit.

This prompted the LTA to release a statement warning the public not to deal with people they don’t know after receiving many complaints from customers who have lost a fortune in malicious dealings.

LTA said they received, at least, four complaints per week from people who have lost a fortune in trying to secure public service vehicle permits like Taxi and Minibus and receive other LTA favours through people impersonating LTA officers.  More than 30 cases of impersonation to the police.

LTA Chief Executive Officer Mr Naisa Tuinaceva reminded the public that the Authority would not accept, process or attend to any request for a PSV permit application because all PSV permits excluding Rental and Hire are on freeze since 2011.

“We know many people want a taxi permit and some gullible people jump at the opportunity when someone offers to get them one in exchange for cash, but we are requesting people to refrain from doing so as the PSV permits like Taxi and Minibus are still on freeze,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

“Also, LTA does not perform any business transaction outside its office premises. Any transaction fee is to be paid at an official LTA office counter and the customer is requested to demand receipts.”

LTA said impersonators usually communicated with people on the phone.  They are then told to either deposit the money in a bank account or send it through money transfer services. In most cases, the unsuspecting customers only discover that they have been deceived when they visit the LTA office to collect the permit.

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