Fake Uber drivers popping up; how to stay safe

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 10:49:31-04

It's late at night, you're on the street corner waiting for the Uber ride you requested, somebody pulls up and says to hop on in, but is this really your Uber driver?  

There have been reports of fake drivers, and online if you search you'll find several similar stories with bad endings like sexual assaults in places like Los Angeles and Chicago all involving fake Uber drivers.  

Could it happen in Phoenix?   

There are safety benefits built into the Uber app, like GPS tracking of your ride, but those don't work unless you're in the Uber that you requested through the app.   

Make sure the person who pulls up is the same person that appears on the Uber app; don't be afraid to ask questions and match up the details on the app with the person right in front of you.   

Uber recently launched a safety campaign to foil the fakes, and the real Uber drivers are becoming more vigilant too.   

Just remember to always be aware and alert when having a good time and trying to get home safely.