Rideshare riders beware. The Better Business Bureau warns scammers are posing as rideshare drivers and tricking vacationers out of massive bucks at airports throughout the nation.
Every day a number of passengers fly into Palm Beach International Airport, seize their baggage, then head outdoors to catch an Uber or Lyft. Now there’s a new rip-off preying on individuals who use these rideshare apps at airports.
“It’s chaotic, you’re trying to get out of there, there’s a lot of people,” stated a Better Business employee.
The BBB says scammers are pretending to work for Uber or Lyft, telling vacationers they’re their driver. Then as soon as the passenger will get to their vacation spot the rip-off driver calls for an extreme sum of money.
“The passengers feel like they’re held hostage when they get to their destination… We even hear some cases where the driver would come up to the airport, pick someone up and take their bag, put it on the back-seat doors are locked and then they take off with the luggage,” stated the BBB employee.
Several Airports within the US together with Fort Lauderdale have specifics zones for rideshare pickup, so safety can keep alert. However, PBIA doesn’t. So the BBB says be additional cautious.
“Ask the driver when they pick you up, hey who are you picking up and if they can’t support you with the name, don’t get in the car,” stated the BBB employee.
We reached out to Uber and Palm Beach International Airport for remark, nevertheless they didn’t get again us earlier than broadcast.