Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cops Again Warn Of Robbers Posing As Uber, Lyft Drivers

For at least the third time this year, Chicago police are warning the public of robbers who pose as ride-hailing service drivers on the North Side.

The offenders tend to work late at night and in nightlife districts where victims are more likely to be intoxicated and less thorough in screening their vehicles, a source said.

After picking up a victim, the drivers rob their targets by using physical force or by presenting a handgun, police said.

Recent incidents connected to the pattern have been reported:
• Early on May 28 in the 2000 block of North Halsted
• Early on June 4 in the 500 block of North Dearborn
• Early on June 4 in the 1100 block of North State
• Early on June 17 near State and Illinois
• Early on June 30 in the 2100 block of North Clark
• Early on July 16 in the 300 block of West Erie
The offenders have been described as two black women between 20-40 years old and one black male, police said.

Police are urging ride-hail customers to verify their vehicle’s license plate, car make and model, and driver’s name before getting into a vehicle.
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  1. I drive for Lyft. I get a photo of who I am picking up. They get a photo of me, my name, my license plate number, and a photo of my car. And people are still somehow getting into non-rideshare cars? What the hell?

    1. I'm wondering about the same thing. I remember one night on Division and State when a car pulled up with 2 people in it asking if I called for an Uber. I was smart enough to know that it wasn't the car I ordered.

    2. I always kept my doors locked until name was confirmed and assessed the situation/condition of the rider etc. The number of drunk females yanking on my door handles......

    3. Even when tipsy I'll still doublecheck the last 3 characters of the license plate. There's really no excuse.

  2. That's what happens when you take over medallion - real cabs, a bunch of phonies robbing people Thanks Rahm Emanuel

    1. That's what happens when Uber SLASHED their rates and took additional commission from the drivers AGAIN and started offering WEEKLY car leases to recruit drivers in the 'hood under the guise of "economic opportunity" for them because they've already burned through every other demographic. I could have told you this was coming 2 years ago.

      As it stands now, driving for Uber is just a cash advance on the actual cash value of your vehicle and 80% of the drivers haven't a clue what a form 1099 is...or don't care. Donating plasma is a better option for any person with a calculator and a brain.

  3. Uber/Lyft driver here. 7000+ rides in 2+ years. From my experience:

    1. Regarding verifying the driver's name - ALWAYS MAKE THE DRIVER TELL YOU HIS NAME. You wouldn't believe how many

    times I've had a rider get in and asks "Are you 'Sam'?", or "Hi, 'Sam'!". That reassures me that they are my

    passenger, but it does nothing to verify that I am their driver. If I'm the bad guy, I'll just say "Yup, that's me".

    I know, some people are concerned about being polite, or they're worried that the driver will take offense and low-

    rate them, but fuck that. We are in a customer service profession where rider and driver safety are of critical

    importance. If the driver cops an attitude, low-rate them and report them. They are a POS, and I don't want them on

    the road.

    2. Unless they've changed their procedure, Uber only gives a text description of the vehicle - not a photo. I suspect

    that they are trying to save $$ by reducing bandwidth usage. However, this reduces the effectiveness of the

    information, and thus compromises rider safety. What's that you say? You're shocked that Uber would sacrifice rider

    safety for filthy lucre? Yeah, me neither. How about it, New-and-Improved, Kinder/Gentler Uber? This would seem

    like just the kind of thing you would want to change. (xxoo's and my most profound apologies if you've already fixed


    3. The very best thing a rider can do is to verify the license plate before ever approaching the car door.

    4. Rider photos? It's very common on both platforms for there to be no rider photo at all. Most of the rider photos

    that I do receive are useless for verification purposes. Family photos, group photos, team photos, beautiful sunsets,

    anime. Pet photos..."you don't look anything like your picture, Valued Rider". Even some Facebook photos that would

    qualify as NSFW. Nope. For my protection, I always ask for the rider's name.

    1. Nevermind the riders that are allowed to use names on the Uber "platform" the likes of "Tamale Hot Sauce", "420" or simply "X".
      Those ride requests were immediately cancelled. And you wonder why there are problems with this service?