Naples woman victim of fake Uber driver

 

Posted: Jun 20, 2016 10:37 PM CDTNAPLES -

A young Naples woman and her friend hopped into a stranger's car thinking it was their Uber driver.

The woman says it happened outside a Naples bar.

She says she called for an Uber and was waiting outside when a man drove up and said claimed to be her driver.

She and her friend didn't think twice, hopped into his car, and a few minutes later, she got a text from the real Uber driver telling her he had just arrived at the bar.

The young woman and her friend were panicking.

She writes on Facebook: "We asked the driver to stop and he wouldn't. We then called 911, and the man continued to drive on. As we neared a stoplight, we hopped out of the car."

"She was duped. It's not her fault she was duped," said Theresa Knazek, an Uber skeptic.

Uber riders say they could see how this could happen.

"Maybe we need to be more aware and just double check that it's the actual driver because it would be easy for somebody to do," said Uber rider Kate Reynolds.

Reynolds says she'll continue using the ride-share service because she's only had good experiences.

Knazek says she's switching to taxi services.

"Because you can't fake being a cab driver," said Knazek.

The owner of Amber Taxi, Christopher Specht, says that's true, showing us a red decal on the window of his taxi that says "Lee County vehicle for hire."

Every vehicle in his fleet is clearly marked.

"Uber does not have county stickers because Collier County in their infinite stupidity has decided to deregulate the taxi system, so anybody in any car in Collier County, whether you're a murderer, a pedophile, or a kidnapper, all you have to do is say you're a taxi and lure people into your vehicle," said Specht.

Last year, Collier County commissioners threw out their vehicle-for-hire regulations, meaning that just about anyone with a drivers' license can operate a vehicle-for-hire.

In Lee and Charlotte Counties, there are ordinances in place that require background checks, commercial insurance, and car markings.

The woman who hopped into the strangers' car admits that she did not verify the drivers' identity. 

She told us she does not blame Uber for this incident. In fact, she is thanking the real Uber driver, saying he alerted her quickly, warning her she was in the wrong car.

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