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Fake Uber, Lyft Drivers Robbing People On Near North Side

The robbers used the victims' credit cards to buy things for themselves and to transfer money into their own accounts, police said.

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CHICAGO — People pretending to be drivers for ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft are robbing victims on the Near North Side, police said.

At least four such robberies have been reported since the last weeks of December. The robbers picked up the victims while pretending to be ride-hail drivers, then stole from the passengers, sometimes using force, according to a Chicago Police community alert.

The robbers used the victims’ credit cards to buy things for themselves and to transfer money into their own accounts, police said.

The robberies occurred:

  • Early morning Dec. 22 in the first block of West Division Street
  • Early Dec. 28 in the first block of West Elm Street
  • Early Dec. 28 in the 1500 block of North Wells Street
  • Early Friday in the 400 block of West Ontario Street

The robbers were described as one to three men who were 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2 and 20-25 years old, as well as three women, police said. No further details were immediately available.

Police advised people to verify their driver is correct if using a ride-hailing service and to always be aware of their surroundings.