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Parents Should Not Let Kids Use Uber or Lyft

Parents Should Not Let Kids Use Uber or Lyft

Before @ridesharediva alerted me to this article, I didn’t know that kids can use Uber or Lyft. If you read my previous post about how just about anyone can be behind the wheel of an uber or lyft car, you’ll know why.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/14/for-more-parents-its-uber-to-the-rescue/

I never condone any criminal activity, but this is really troubling. I can only fathom what can happen if one of those people impersonating an Uber or Lyft driver is driving around, hoping to get a teen or kid in their car. Its just not that safe. The driver can see that its a minor, drive a few blocks, turn off the app, lock the doors and drive off. You won’t know where they went and now the driver has your kid. Its just too much risk.

Lets go into the type of scams Uber or Lyft drivers can pull:

  • It was covered in the above post. Drivers with bad records hide behind people with good records and gets to drive on Uber. Bad news.
  • There are people who just “borrows” someone elses account. Picture may match or it may not. Have your kid confirm the driver is exactly the same as on the app!
  • There are people who just goes around and asks Uber? or Lyft? They are not drivers, just random people that just says Lyft or Uber. The younger your kid is, the more likely they’ll get dupped. They speak little english and just ask. Clueless girls every week just get into a random persons car because of that scam! Imagine your kid just getting into their car!

Parents, just dont let your kids ride in an Uber or Lyft without you. You feel safe because its gets tracked. So what if they end the ride, shut off the phone? Now your kid is in some random car. Just dont do it. Ever.

How You Can Drive on Uber or Lyft as Someone Else!

How Can Criminals be Uber or Lyft Drivers?

Uber:

Let’s start off with Uber first. Uber has pretty lax criminal background standards so a reformed criminal can drive for uber officially. As long as your criminal background is at least 6 years old, you can drive on Uber.

Now what if you had a few criminal convictions within the last six years? Well, you can drive as someone else! Uber is now famous for not seeing future drivers in person. Well, you can take advantage of that.

Have one of your friends who look like you (or at least their state IDs) apply to be an Uber Driver. When you are required to take a picture, take your own picture and try to look like your friend (hair, glasses, facial hair, etc). Then apply, and then put the money into a bank account under his name but that you have access to. Easy!

There are some people who have not even done this. They just use someone else’s account with some else’s picture on their Uber profile. I mentioned this at the end of my last post: Is your Uber Driver a Drug Dealer?

Lyft

This is a little more complicated but it still works.

Again, have one of your friends who look like you (or at least their state IDs) apply to be an  Lyft Driver. When you are required to take a picture, take your own picture and try to look like your friend (hair, glasses, facial hair, etc). Then apply, and then put the money into a bank account under his name but that you have access to.

When it comes time for the Mentoring Session, you will go to the mentoring session with the friend that signed up. There are a few ways you may attempt to have the mentor take your picture instead of your friends picture:

  • Pose as your friend and use his license and hope that the mentor doesn’t notice
  • Have your friend come with you but politely ask the mentor to use your picture. If he doesn’t oblige, pay off the mentor. (I have a friend pay off his mentor and worked like a charm. My friend is still driving after a year.)

Then proceed as normal and drive under your friends account. Funny enough, he did so well he is a mentor, so now he charges a fee for getting other people driving on Lyft with their friends account. He’s smart about it and makes sure the license picture at least looks like the actual driver. Lyft periodically checks driver license pictures with the real pictures. One of his mentee had their account temporarily suspended after a week pending investigation because the picture didn’t line up.

I have heard of plenty of people driving for Lyft under a different person’s name without even going through all this trouble. Its good money for the driver and also the friend who is letting them use their account as the actual driver usually rents it for a hundred or two a week.

Taxi Drivers are known to do the same thing

Now this has happened for a long time in Taxis and Limousines. That was why there are those placards in the back of the cabs so you can verify it is the right person driving the cab. Uber or Lyft doesn’t, just the picture that appears on the app. Most people don’t check that so there is almost no need to take the above precautions. Just drive as someone else. A few of my friends who drive under other people’s account only had a handful of passengers turn them down. Luckily, Lyft and Uber never found out because they managed to talk the passengers down from doing so, but just be careful as all it takes is one passenger to report it and their account is shut down. Many of my friends drive at night so either its too dark or the customers are too drunk to notice.

Proceed with caution! Think about what you’re doing and execute and you’ll be fine.

Is your Uber Driver a Drug Dealer?

Is your Uber Driver a Drug Dealer?

In my last post (Is your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer?), I wrote that I heard drivers that may have picked up a drug dealer or buyer and a reddit forum that has an account of himself (an Uber Driver) pulled over because he was driving around a drug dealer.

Now I am very grateful that Uber gives second chances to past criminals like me, but I wonder if they are too lenient in their background checks. I have a few friends who were drug dealers but now they drive Uber as a steadier form of income.

But recently, I came across an article of an Uber Driver who had drugs on him and was an active dealer.

http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2014/09/tuscaloosa_police_arrest_uber.html

Here are parts of that article:

Less than month since Uber launched its ride-share service in Tuscaloosa, police have charged one driver with possession of marijuana and issued several citations to other drivers for violating the city’s taxicab ordinance.

Tuscaloosa police charged an Uber driver last week with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also issued the driver, Brandon Devante Oliver, 21, of Tuscaloosa, citations for driving on a suspended license, violation of the open beverage law, not having a tag light, operating a vehicle for hire without a business license, not having a chauffeur permit, and operating a vehicle for hire without proper insurance.

The arrest was part of an undercover operation by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, which released a statement earlier this month saying that, according to the city’s taxicab ordinance, “all drivers and companies that are involved in a taxi service or ride sharing program” must have a business license, a chauffeur license, a background check and vehicle inspection.

An undercover officer who used the Uber mobile app service rode with Oliver and said he smelled marijuana in the vehicle, according to a news release.

Officers later stopped the driver and said they found “a bottle of vodka that the driver had been mixing with a drink while driving and almost one-fourth pound of marijuana with baggies for distribution.”

The driver who attacked his passenger with a hammer was also a past drug dealer:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Uber-driver-charged-with-punching-S-F-passenger-5526413.php

A driver with transportation firm Uber was charged Tuesday with striking a passenger in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, in a case that heightened the debate over the regulation of startups that have disrupted the taxi industry.

Daveea Whitmire, 28, of San Francisco punched his passenger in the hand and elbowed him in the chest after the two got into an argument in November, according to the district attorney’s office. The passenger didn’t think Whitmire was the driver assigned to his ride, prosecutors said, and took a photo of the license plate, prompting Whitmire to lash out.

Though Whitmire passed Uber’s background checks, court records show he has a criminal past, including convictions for felony drug dealing and misdemeanor battery.

Whitmire was convicted of a felony for selling marijuana in 2009 and a misdemeanor battery of a store clerk in 2012, as first reported by PandoDaily.

Earlier this year, he was charged with another misdemeanor battery, unrelated to Uber, for allegedly slamming a woman to the ground in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. He has pleaded not guilty.

If the above content didn’t scare you enough, maybe this last line should:

An Uber representative said in an e-mail Tuesday that the company would “defer to the criminal justice system to take matters from here.” Whitmire was let go from Uber last year, the representative said.

Whitmire was let go from Uber last year. So why was he driving on Uber? My guess is that he was using his friends account or paying his friend to use it to earn money on Uber as its good money, especially with his criminal record.

This will be the subject of my future post.

Is Your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer?

Is Your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer

I spoken to a few drivers and some of them say they may have driven around a drug dealer.  Here is a summary of the same story I heard from different drivers.

  • I was picking up someone in downtown. Its was a decent part of town. The person didn’t put in a request and said he was making multiple stops. I said fine. First stop was a Quik Mart in a bad part of town. In and out in about 30 seconds. Next was a gas station a little further in the bad part of town. I locked my doors this time. He took about five minutes. He then wanted to get driven back to the pickup location. Once I dropped him off, I called the cops when looking at the way bill so they have a way to track them.

Some drivers also noted that the passenger either admitted they were getting drugs or were obviously getting drugs. This was a story about how this kid tried to hide it.

  • I picked up a kid at Harvard Business School. He said he wanted to pick up something about two miles away and gave me direction (no address). He was giggling the entire time and smelled a little like weed. He would miss a turn every two minutes. Once we get to the gas station, he shuffles over to a park car. He speaks to the front passenger, gives something and then gets a bag. He shuffles back and request he go back to where we came. I had no idea how so I had to use a GPS as I figured he was probably too high to tell me.

With a quick google search, I found a reddit forum that spoke about other accounts of drug dealers or buyers:

  • http://www.reddit.com/r/uberdrivers/comments/2d26vq/drug_dealers/

Here was another account of a drug dealer: http://uberpeople.net/threads/crazy-riders.97/

I have been doing uber for 6 months and I have done 900 trips, and two days ago picked up a customer who was carrying two boxes, I thought nothing of it so I continued driving until I realized a police car on my tail. I got halfway thru the trip when I was pulled over by the cop and was told to come out with my hands up, I was told to get on the ground, the guy also did the same, I later found out he was a wanted drug dealer. I guess people use uber to sell drugs now lol

Ahmed uberx, Apr 23, 2014

 There are 100 more stories like that. Would you like to add yours to the comments?

How to Get Unlimited Free Rides on Uber

How to Get Unlimited Free Rides on Uber (or Lyft)

Here is one way of getting free rides.It is not legal but maybe against Uber’s Terms of Service.

  1. Get a burner phone number via burner app. Use this as your phone number for your main account
  2. Create a gmail email account, and get a free google voice number
  3. Sign up with uber with email, and google voice number. Confirm both. Uber texts you a code and you have to respond to it. You can use google voice to do that. Use someone else’s promo code for base account to avoid suspicion
  4. Sign up for a free Paypal account. With every free verified account, you can get a debit card. You will also have access to a disposable credit card number you can use for online transactions. Make up a new one for each new Uber or Lyft account.
  5. Take your free ride on your first and main account. You may not be able to get free rides on your main account without a ride on it.
  6. Sign up for another free gmail account so you can get free email and google voice phone number.
  7. Sign up for another uber account.
  8. Use referral code from first main account
  9. Use the free ride on the second account.
  10. Repeat and get a ton of free rides on the main account.

Here are some cautions for this approach:

  • Caution that you can get shut down for this so set up your “base” account as if it will get shut down one day.
  • Make sure dont hoard free rides so all your hard work will go to waste
  • Use different IP address (like hotels, coffee shop, public wifi, etc) to sign up the different accounts. Change computers/devices if you are paranoid