Rogue cabbies have found another way to rip off their riders.

At least a dozen hacks have been caught hitting unsuspecting passengers with pricey tolls for bridges and tunnels that the cab never actually crossed, The Post has learned.

Taxi and Limousine Commission officials are scrambling to determine how many more cabbies have pulled the scam. So far, the agency has looked at evidence spanning only the past six months.

The poster child for the ruse is rookie driver Emad Anwar Nochy Wanass of Queens, officials said.

He has overcharged at least 272 riders an average of $2.28 each time — netting himself $620, TLC officials charge.

Wanass, who has been licensed since December, is scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing today at a TLC facility.

“We have begun an expedited proceeding to revoke his license, and late [Monday] we referred the matter to the Department of Investigation,” TLC Chief David Yassky revealed yesterday.

Officials were tipped to the scam after an eagle-eyed rider noticed an illegitimate toll charge and logged a complaint against the driver.

TLC investigators then searched GPS records to pin down Wanass’ alleged rip-off, and in the process found another 11 drivers who likely used the same ruse on as many as 35 other victims, officials said.

“We are confirming these data, and if appropriate, will likewise seek to revoke their licenses,” Yassky said. “We will continue to comb the GPS data for any similar incidences.”

This is the third overcharge scam to rock the cab industry since 2010. The Post was also first to report that cabbies were charging riders the more expensive suburban fare withon city limits, and that drivers were improperly going through cash-toll lanes to increase wait times.

When a cabby wants to charge for a toll, he presses a button on the meter to indicate the charge.

The meter then adds the amount into the fare, whether or not the driver has actually paid.

Finally, the itemized toll charge appears on the printed receipt.

TLC investigators charge that Wanass manually entered tolls, officials said.

Additional reporting by David Seifman

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