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Uber fraud: Scammer takes the ride, victim gets the bill

Taylor Armerding | April 25, 2016
Any online app that gets popular also becomes an attractive target for cyber criminals. In the case of Uber, the ride-hailing service, the goal is a free ride more than cash.

Besides keeping SMS notifications from Uber set to ON, other recommendations to users include:

  • Share your trip information via SMS/chat with a friend or family member to confirm the driver, destination and time of the trip.
  • Regularly verify your user profile from within the app.
  • Monitor your ride history, to make sure they are all authorized by you.
  • If you suspect you have been compromised, email the company at or contact @Uber_support on Twitter.

To those, Munshani added a blanket recommendation: “Users should be aware that by entering into a sharing economy agreement with services like Uber, they are trading their data. If they take privacy seriously they should think twice about how they interact with what is essentially a public forum.”


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