Listen Now: Vomit Fraud
Uber is being accused of fraud, and the details might leave you a little nauseous.
Several riders in Florida are accusing the rideshare company of what has become known as “vomit fraud.” A practice that has popped up in other parts of the country over the past few years.
Here’s how it works: The uber driver picks the customer up, delivers them to their destination, and then reports to the company that the customer threw up in the car. The driver provides uber with fake pictures of the mess and the customer is sent a large clean-up bill.
People say the drivers are getting away with it because people don’t take a close look at their credit card or bank statement and miss the extra charge. In other cases they have such a hard time dealing with the company to have the charge overturned that they just give up and end up paying.
Then the driver, who still has a squeaky clean car, pockets the money. If you can’t trust the total stranger you hire to drive you around, who can you trust?
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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