Riders Say Uber Drivers Are Using Vomit To Scam Them

Sevral Uber riders in Florida are claiming drivers have falsely accused them of puking inside the Uber vehicles, making the riders responsible for clean-up charges. One rider said he was victimized twice in one night, by two different drivers. The scam has been dubbed "vomit fraud" and reports of this have popped up in California, New York and Florida. The drivers will reportedly pick a rider up take them to their desired location and then report to Uber that the person threw up in the vehicle and send fake pictures, causing the passenger to be hit with a large clean-up charge. One anonymous driver said she is aware of the scam and knows drivers in south Florida that have done it. She said “They’ve been doing it for a long time, Many people don’t review their emails or credit card statements, so the drivers wind up pocketing the $80 or $150.” Some riders say they are having a hard time getting their money back, or are still waiting on the complaint. Uber said they are "actively looking into reports where fraud may be detected and will take appropriate actions. The vast majority of cleaning fee reports are legitimately the result of someone making a mess in the car.”

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