NYC Taxi-Limo Transport / Overcharged
I am a tourist (rather a dumb one) in the city for a week. My colleague and I took a cab from outside the JFK terminal under the assumption that all the vendors are approved and reliable. We came across a guy with a receipt book in his hand. He asked us where we wanted to go and mentioned that we share the exact address. He keyed in that address in his mobile device for GPRS assistance. He didn't explain what it would charge for us to reach Secaucus from JFK. He asked us to pay $8 tax and then charged us a humongous $345. We panicked as we had only $500 each. We were wondering who would pay in the meantime my colleague gave him $355 and in a fraction of second back the driver showed that we only gave him $55. We kept rustling to find the missing $300, I was out of my mind to suggest that I pay $345 for now, let the driver go and we can relax and find our missing $300. Where are we now? Short of $645 where we now realize it shouldn't have costed more than $120.
My questions: 1. How are unauthorized cab drivers in the airport without scrutiny. 2. He issued us a receipt from NYC-Taxi Limo Transport but he doesn't work there. How does he have the receipt? 3. He gave his name as Jimy and an office extension, which of course, is a false one.
I know we could have been more vigilant but this is ridiculous to enter the greatest city in the world and be mugged right at the start of the trip. I am terrified and wont be able to enjoy the rest of my stay.