However, it's worth knowing how to spot these credit card theft-traps-on-wheels, and Gordon said there a few ways to identify whether your next yellow taxi is legit or not. Here's what you should look out for:
Make Sure Your Taxi Has A Medallion
"All licensed yellow taxis have a medallion affixed to the hood of the car and each medallion has its own individual number," Gordon said. "Medallion numbers consist of a number, followed by a letter, followed by two more numbers. For example, a medallion number could be 4Q88 (this is not an actual medallion number). Besides the hood of the car, the medallion number also appears on the rooflight, license plates, and the left and right side, just behind the rear passenger doors, on the exterior of the vehicle."
The License Plate Should Match The Medallion Number
Gothamist also points out that the taxi's license plates should match the medallion number (numbers and a letter), and if the taxi was licensed anywhere in New York State, the car should have a NY plate that reads "taxi" somewhere on it.