This seems to happen every couple of years... tourist(s) get swindled into getting into somebody's cab and they get taken for a ride -- sometimes quite literally. The latest story comes from a family arriving from Panama City, which end up in an unlicensed cab driven by a guy that had been arrested half a dozen times. The cops recognize him and try to box him in but he decides that he's gonna make a run for it -- with the tourists still in the car, of course. Police pursuit ensues, along with grabbing of steering wheel and crash into a guardrail. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/n...sed-taxi-driver.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss Hey... it's a story to tell about your trip to New York, no? The last notable one of these was when five French tourists got into an unlicensed van which was chased by the cops for almost 10 miles before the driver ended up in a dead-end street, drove into a postal facility and jumped out -- leaving the tourists inside. Again, if you're arriving at JFK and want a taxi just walk over to ground transportation and ignore anybody that tries to get you into their car. There's a line of cabs outside and an attendant that will take care of you.