Chicago Police Warn of Robbers posing as Uber Drivers

WGN TV- September 22, 2015

CHICAGO -- Chicago police have issued a warning to Uber users after a series of crimes in which the suspects pose as drivers then rob the victims.

On September 13th near the 1500 block of North Wells in Old Town, a person who had ordered a ride through their Uber app was approached. Chicago police say the men were posing as Uber drivers. When their victim got to the alleged Uber car, that person was robbed.

Days later, on North State Street, police believe the same two men struck again on September 19th. No one was hurt but the victims were robbed of their belongings, including their debit card.

Police say the suspects were driving a black, 4-door, Chevy Impala.

Uber reminds its customers of a few safety tips:

Before getting in a car, confirm with your driver their name, photo, and license plate. Ask them to tell you their name, not the other way around.

Share trip details with family and friends, including your arrival time and route.

Do not accept a ride from a car with more than one driver. That violates company policy.

Send them away if anything seems out of the ordinary or wrong, then contact customer service any time of the day.