Scams targeting Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers are on the rise, and can cost unaware drivers their earnings. Be on the lookout for suspicious calls that may be attempting to gain access to your accounts.
Most of these scams work the same way. Scammers will call drivers pretending to be Uber or Lyft. These calls might even be “spoofed”, which means they’ve been disguised to look like they are coming from Uber or Lyft.
The scammers tell drivers that they need to gain access to their account to fix some problem. Once they’ve obtained the drivers’ login information, they’re able to upload their own payment method and steal the drivers’ earnings. They may also edit the drivers’ account information to prevent them from logging back in.
While these scams have become more common, they are avoidable. Drivers can keep their accounts secure by remembering these tips:
- NEVER give your account password or email address to anyone over the phone.
- NEVER upload a payment method that you did not open yourself.
If you get a call or text message about your Uber or Lyft account, DO NOT call any numbers or click on any links.
By guarding your account’s security, you can protect yourself from these scams and keep your earnings safe!