First time since the COVID-19 global pandemic forced the Canadian National Exhibition to close, scammers are back in full force looking to take advantage of visitors.
Are they selling fake admission tickets? Are guests being pickpocketed in the park? It’s much simpler and more ingenious than that.
Scammers pretend to operate paid parking lots, collect money from unsuspecting drivers, and issue phony parking passes. Upon entering the private property, scammers direct drivers to an available parking space.
The scammers usually make off with the cash when they run out of parking spaces or feel like they are pushing their luck. That leaves a whole bunch of drivers illegally parked on someone’s property.
To add insult to injury, once the property’s owners are made aware that unauthorized drivers are parking all over their property, the drivers are often ticketed by city officials or even towed away.
An unnamed representative for the CNE confirmed to blogTO that parking lots north of the Dufferin Gate are not operated by the CNE and that “sometimes it’s better to pay a premium price for the customer’s safety and satisfaction.”
For those who don’t want to risk being scammed, CNE operates parking lots on the fairgrounds, including underground parking, which costs $35-$40 depending on the day of the week.
If you’re willing to throw caution to the wind, parking spaces are typically rented out by homeowners and apartment buildings in the area for $20+ depending on their proximity to the gates.