Man impersonating Uber driver picks up woman

‘Uber impostor' shines spotlight on safety

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man impersonating an Uber driver picked up a woman earlier this month, according to Portland police.

There were no threats of violence or inappropriate contact, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

The woman ordered an Uber pickup at Southeast Grand Avenue and Alder Street just after midnight on October 11, according to a statement she gave police.

A few minutes later, she said a blue Toyota RAV4 pulled up to her. She asked the driver if he was her Uber driver and the man said he was. The woman started getting into the back seat, but the man told her she could sit in the front passenger seat.

As they crossed the Morrison Bridge, the woman got a call from her real Uber driver and she told the man to pull over immediately, Simpson said. The man pulled over and let the woman out without incident.

The woman described the fake Uber driver as an East Indian man in his 40s, with black hair and brown eyes, and wearing a brown leather jacket.

This was the first time someone reported to Portland police that they were picked up by a fake Uber driver, Simpson said.

"We have many safety features in place to help a rider identify their driver before getting into a car, including the driver's first name, photo, license plate number and the driver's rating," said an Uber spokesperson. "We encourage riders to check all these details and make sure they match the driver and the car." 

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