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NYC hoping to get money back to scammed cab riders

Passengers enter taxis on 8th Ave between 34th

Passengers enter taxis on 8th Ave between 34th and 35th Street following recent reports of taxi drivers charging riders exaggerated amounts for rides due to variable rates for peak / off peak times along with different rates applying to different New York regions/neighborhoods. Photo Credit: Photo by Rj Mickelson

Thousands of people ripped off by New York City taxi drivers who illegally overcharged them could get some money back.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says his administration is looking into ways to reimburse cheated passengers.

The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission said last week it had discovered a widespread scam where drivers routinely charged a rate double the usual rate.

The city said 1.8 million trips were illegally charged over the past two years. The average passenger was overcharged $4.45. But in total, the scheme bilked passengers of more than $8.3 million.

The city said Monday that it’s exploring ways to find passengers who paid with credit cards and were overcharged.

The city discovered the scheme by examining global positioning data.

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