"Never get into a car with a stranger," is the mom-and-dad mantra many of us grew up with, but one little smartphone app has made millions of users forget that age-old wisdom with some very scary consequences. Over the past month, there have been two incidents of pretend Uber drivers nearly kidnapping unsuspecting women, the website Fusion reported

On August 30, Florida State Police arrested Antonio D. Warren after he picked up a college student outside of her dorm at Tallahassee Community College, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. He told the student that he was a driver from Uber there to pick her up, but he had actually had no affiliation with the company. He drove aimlessly around before exposing himself and demanding sexual favors from the woman. Warren chased her as she ran from his car, groping her before she managed to get away.

The second incident happened on September 8, when a man posing as an Uber driver tried to pick up two female students outside of another college, this time Texas Christian University, KCEN reported. He told the women that he was from Uber and his original fare had cancelled. He offered to give them a ride. When they got in the car he initiated inappropriate conversation and hugged one of the women before dropping her off. He never asked to be paid for the ride, leading the women to suspect he wasn't affiliated with Uber.

Young women who seem to be waiting for a ride would make easy targets to these Uber fakers. Luckily, the app does have some safeguards against this kind of abuse. When a ride is requested the driver's image, license plate number and car make and model are all provided to the user. It takes the strangeness out of the stranger. However, even certified Uber users have been known to abuse their fares. There have been several sexual and physical assaults committed by drivers this year.


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