How Can Criminals be Uber or Lyft Drivers?
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?
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.