“Pirate” taxis

Something to really watch out for, as it can be a real harrowing experience.
At Mexico City, there are cab drivers who rent out their cabs to gang members/criminals to earn a quick, easy buck. Should these fake drivers in legit cabs pick you, you will be at their mercy. They can threaten you with a knife, or even a gun (!), bring you to an

ATM, or even stop on the expressway/secluded spot and demand money.
To protect yourself, use official airport tor radio taxis (sitos) and avoid the green Volkswagen Beetle and libre taxis. If you must, always check for a cab driver’s license before boarding, especially when you hail a cab on the streets. If you are a victim, do not resist.

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