Rip-Off Alert: Scammers take advantage of travelers using rideshare services
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Rideshare services are popular with riders, drivers, and now, scammers.
Given the fast pace at airports, travelers are being warned that before you get into a ride, make sure you're getting into the right one, to avoid a rip-off.
Across the country, there have been reports of drivers pretending to work for Uber and Lyft. They show up at airports and other places to pick up travelers, take them to their destination, and then ask for a big payment.
Raymond drives for Uber and Lyft and tells our Sinclair sister station KOMO in Seattle that travelers don't even bother with the pick-up zone or the apps.
"I'll have people try to wave me down," said Raymond. "I could probably right now, without my app on, I could go through the airport with the stickers on, and probably get a ride."
The airport stresses that's the wrong way to find a ride. The Better Business Bureau wants those app users to check the license plate, make, model, and driver photo before getting in.