As per an investigation by Money Control, a Bengaluru cab driver was found to be scamming passengers, and siphoning-off 4-5 times more fare.
Find out why?
- A Bengaluru-based Ola/Uber cab driver allegedly scammed several passengers picked up from the airport by showing them a fake screenshot of Rs 5,194 fare and forcing them to pay 5 times the actual rate.
- The driver targeted unsuspecting travelers exiting the airport Ola/Uber prepaid cab zones, where no specific cab or driver gets allotted. He would then not start the trips on his app and later coerce passengers to pay inflated sums.
- At least 5 victims have emerged so far, with the modus operandi involving the driver showing a fake green-background fare screenshot on his phone. The trips would show cancelled on passenger apps with no record since they were never formally started under the airport zone system.
- While most victims did not register formal complaints, recently one alert passenger managed tracking down the fraudster driver with cops through pictures and conversations recorded. But the driver was just given a warning after admission and returning the money.
- Many affected passengers did not pursue authorities given the hassles and lack of customer support from aggregators like Ola and Uber for unfulfilled rides. But the expose aims raising awareness to prevent more people from falling into such manipulation traps.