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New Driver Scam - Don't hand your phone to your driver!

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lilly
1014 Rider Guru
 Posted 4 months, 1 week ago

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I haven't heard of this one before but apparently this Uber driver deliberately took a wrong turn and then told the passenger that he needed her phone to adjust the route on her app and when she handed it over he gave himself 5 stars and a $100 tip!


https://www.foxnews.com/us/uber-bans-driver-after-tip-report-says

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    Uberserge
    1218 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    Wow, that's a new one. I'm still laughing, once the driver is done with Instant Pay, he'll go home, half way there, he'll be deactivated. 😆

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      lilly
      OP 1014 Rider Guru
       4 months ago

      haha yep, exactly. Pretty dumb scam lol

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        1218 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        Stupid is what stupid does. That Uber driver wanted to get deactivated, he just had enough, go out with a bang. 😆

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          lilly
          OP 1014 Rider Guru
           4 months ago

          Though I am sure they will make him pay the $100 back 


          Interesting concept though, going out with a bang. Might as well try to when you are done haha

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            1218 Rider Driver
             4 months ago

            Oh they did unless he closed his bank account right after he scammed the pax. 😆

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    There are so many scams going around. It does make me wonder about peoples thought process. Drivers are handing over their info to scammers because they are told they won a prize or bonus. Why do people fall for these things? Just like this one. What would make you hand your phone to a driver? There is nothing in TOS or anywhere in the platform that says a driver needs access to your phone. I cant think why as a passenger a driver would need my phone for any reason. Your phone is like your wallet with all your personal and financial info on it. Dont give it to anyone for any reason. I've had passengers that didnt know how to change the destination, what to do with ratings, and tip. I will not under any circumstances touch a passengers phone. People need to read the TOS to know what to expect, how to work the app. Yes it could've been this riders first time they ordered an Uber but know what to expect. Educate yourself. As for that driver what a total scumbag. These are the drivers that need to be deactivated. It sucks what happened to this woman and hopefully she doesnt make that mistake again. 

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      1218 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      Common sense right? Something that's lacking sorely in today's digital society.

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        momof4
        8105 Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        Some of the scams people fall for truly amazes me. IRS one where they call and say there is a warrant for your arrest. Why didnt they just come get you they know where you live, why are they warning you, do you owe taxes probably not so why would you believe them? Lastly they tell you to go to the store and pay them with gift cards. WTH how do people believe this crap? In this case lets say lady never took Uber before. Why would the driver need your phone? If there is a mistake in the navagation or route what in the hell would that have to do with her phone? I dont agree with what the driver did he is a total jerk and needs to be deactivated. People need to wake up. Do you hand your wallet over to someone? Of course not. Why would you hand your phone to anyone? Your whole life is in there. Cant teach common sense.

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    outlandish
    198 Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    LOL I mean you gotta admire the thinking on this one...

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      1218 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      Or lack of thinking on the pax part, 😆

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    CWalcutt75
    252 Driver
     4 months ago

    I don’t even consider this as a scam. 

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      1218 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      Desperate move in order to get deactivated?

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        CWalcutt75
        252 Driver
         4 months ago

        Scam are usually deceitful, manipulative, evasive, taking advantage of loopholes, and stuff like that. 

        This is brute force. 

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    chawes
    741 Rider Guru
     4 months ago

    This must be the dumbest scam I've ever heard of. Like, how does he see this going down? Pax will just not notice? Maybe you could get away with it once or twice... maybe.

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      1218 Rider Driver
       4 months ago

      Like I said to Lilly, stupid is what stupid does, he's been deactivated already.

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    jellyf1shy
    21
     4 months ago

    I would think it would be a red flag having a driver ask for your phone but I guess to a more naive rider it would make sense what he was saying.