Impostor Uber driver reported in Virginia Highland area

ATLANTA -- Police are warning about an impostor posing as an Uber driver.

According to an Atlanta Police report, on July 13 a woman on her first trip to Atlanta contacted Uber and said she gave the Uber contact her credit card information and phone number.

After contacting Uber through the company's app, she said a black man driving a tan colored Mercury Grand Marquis came to her location and stated that he was her Uber driver.

She said she got into the vehicle and asked him to take her to the intersection of Boulevard NE/Edgewood Ave NE.

She noted the car did not contain an Uber decal and the driver pulled over and asked her if she would like to smoke marijuana.

She says he then exited the vehicle for a short period of time and when he returned they continued to drive. She said when they arrived at her location she could see her friends standing on the sidewalk directly across the street, but the driver refused to let her get out and he quickly drove to another secluded location.

She stated he demanded all of her money.

The driver did not have a weapon but was very aggressive. The woman said the man continued to drive and she gave him $40 dollars. That's when he pulled over and let her out.

The woman was not hurt.

Uber issued the following statement:

"Safety is our absolute number one priority. With unprecedented safety and accountability built into the app, riders are immediately provided the name and photo of the driver, license plate number, make and model of the vehicle, and can track the vehicle's route as it approaches. Riders are also able to contact the driver at any point. All of this offers an added level of safety and comfort all before the driver even arrives. We urge all Uber users to take advantage of these safety features to ensure they are certain they have the right driver before getting into any vehicle. Additionally, all Uber driver partners must go through a rigorous and industry-leading background check. The three-step screening we've developed includes county, federal and multi-state checks that go back 7 years. More information on our safety policies can be found here: uber.com/safety."

The victim says she was a first-time Uber user, and was not aware of the company's security features. She says the photo provided by the company did not match the person who picked her up.


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