Uber Scams to Be Careful of on New Year’s Eve
If you're going out on New Year's Eve, be safe about it, there's no reason to be drinking and driving and putting yourself and others at risk. Multiple people going out at one time leads to people trying to make extra money so look out for these scams on your way home.
Thankfully companies like Uber, Lyft, and even local taxi companies have offered discounts for you to use that night to make it as easy as possible to not have to drive. If you're going to be utilizing these discounts, just be careful of some scams that UPROXX found out about.
As usual, just to double check your safety, text the details of your ride to someone which you can do right through the app. Also, double check the person's face and license place information. Take note that drivers are as cautious as you are about being in a small space with a stranger so be polite.
- With Uber and Lyft specifically, be careful of drivers who are unlicensed and say that you've been offered a free upgrade. If they have to ask you where you're going and you've used an app to call them, if it seems sketchy don't get in the car.
- Nights like this when there are a ton of people out may lead to you getting ditched. Keep an eye on your driver and if they leave you, be sure to report them!
- Certified Uber drivers may try to get extra money from you by saying the app is glitching. Sometimes drivers will cancel your ride, pretend there's an issue and then tell you to pay them outside of the app or with another app- don't do it and report the driver.
- If the driver asks you to pay the toll, that's also a scam. The tolls are usually handled through the app and you've already paid it through the fare.
- Check your apps over the next couple of days to make sure you were scammed with a "$50 cleaning fee." They may have given the fee to the wrong person as an honest mistake or maybe they're trying to get more money out of you. To protect yourself, take a picture of the car as you're leaving so you can refute the charge.
Even though you should be cautious, it's still the safest way to go. If you're planning on drinking Sunday night, get a designated driver, ride the bus, use a ride sharing app, or call a cab. You could be saving someone else's life, or even your own.