Spotting a Fake Lyft or Uber Driver Is More Difficult Than You Think

8 Ways to Identify Your Rideshare Driver (and 5 Reasons Why You Can't)

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Amy Keefe

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered a black market scheme that allows potential criminals to pose as rideshare drivers and you would never know the difference.

Popular apps like Lyft and Uber offer safety tips for riders that explain how to avoid getting into a car with a phony driver. However, NBC Bay Area's undercover investigation revealed some of those tips will not work if your driver is using a rented account.

If you have a tip for the Investigative Unit, email or call 888-996-TIPS. Follow Liz on Facebook ( and at @LizWags, or send her an email at

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