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Metrolinx warns of Presto Card scam

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said they learned about it a few weeks ago when people started mentioning it on transit message boards.

A Presto ticket canceling machine at the entrance of the Exhibition GO Station.

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A Presto ticket canceling machine at the entrance of the Exhibition GO Station.

Metrolinx officials are warning about a scam involving people selling Presto cards.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said they learned about it a few weeks ago when people started mentioning it on transit message boards.  

The seller of a Presto card finds a buyer online and arranges for them to meet and exchange money for the card.  

“The seller walks away, leaves the building and immediately what the buyer doesn’t realize is that the card is registered and he cancels it saying it’s lost or stolen and freezes the money,” said Aikins.

“Don’t fall for it, you’ll be out of pocket and generally speaking it will be the people that are least likely to be able to afford it to be out of pocket that much money,” she said.  

Last week Aikins said she heard from a man who almost fell for the scam, and narrowly avoided paying $350 for a card the seller told him had $500 on it.

“We don’t know how widespread it is or how bad it is, or how many people are affected but we want to get ahead of it,” Aikins said of the scam.  

Aikins warns the public only to buy Presto cards from authorized locations and to contact the police if you have already been a victim of the scam.  

“If the deal looks to good to be true than it likely is,” she added.  

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