"Zombie Uber Drivers" Want to Trick Chinese Riders into Cancelling Bookings

By Gary Cutlack on at

An apparent new way of scamming money out of the tech unicorn system has been uncovered in China, where it's alleged that some Uber drivers are uploading deliberately horrible profile photos in order to make people who've booked rides cancel their trips -- handing the drivers a small cancellation fee in return for doing nothing.

The report originated from Chinese new source The Paper (translated by Sixthtone), which said these so-called zombie drivers are becoming a common menace. Of course, they're not winning small cancellation fees because the Chinese people actually believe in zombies and/or ghosts. It's the thought of accepting a lift from a total weirdo that's the problem.

Uber's local office told Quartz that it's already on the cases of the scamming nutcases, saying: "We have taken immediate actions and banned these reported individual fraud accounts while continuing to investigate and crack down on any fraudulent behavior to protect rider and driver interests." [Guardian via Cnet]


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