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A series of NBC Bay Area investigations expose the risks of riding alone and underage in an Uber and Lyft, and uncover a black market scheme that could allow criminals and unlicensed drivers behind the wheel. The Investigative Unit’s undercover reports reveal that Uber and Lyft drivers are picking up unaccompanied minors, despite company policies prohibiting it, and show how underground markets are allowing people to rent rideshare accounts — and drive — without going through background checks or car inspections.

ANOTHER SCHEME EXPOSED

An NBC Bay Area investigation has exposed that drivers continue to create accounts with stolen information and rent them out to anyone willing to pay. Full Story

An NBC Bay Area investigation has exposed that drivers continue to create accounts with stolen information and rent them out to anyone willing to pay. It started with a Lyft account and recently NBC Bay Area was able to rent several Uber accounts. The app history on one account shows cars logged more than 200 trips in just a few weeks. Now Uber is taking what NBC Bay Area uncovered straight to law enforcement. Investigative Reporter Liz Wagner reports in a story that aired on Feb. 12, 2019.

FAKE RIDESHARE DRIVERS

An NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered a new scheme that allows anyone to circumvent background checks and vehicle inspections and pose as a rideshare driver, leaving passengers with virtually no way to spot a phony. Full Story

When you get into an Uber or Lyft, how do you know who’s really behind the wheel? The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has uncovered an underground market that allows people to rent rideshare accounts – and drive – without going through background checks or car inspections. Investigative Reporter Liz Wagner reports in a story that aired on September 17, 2018.

MINORS AT RISK

Rideshare apps have policies that prohibit drivers from picking up underage riders traveling alone, but an NBC Bay Area investigation found that those rules are being ignored. Full Story

From day care providers to school bus drivers, California regulations require fingerprints and extensive criminal background checks for almost any worker who may be left alone with kids. But those same requirements do not apply to ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which have become popular with teens. But company policies say they aren’t supposed to be transporting kids riding alone. As the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, it’s happening anyway, and it could be putting thousands of kids at risk. Investigative reporter Liz Wagner reports on a story that first aired on Feb. 4, 2018.
From day care providers to school bus drivers, California regulations require fingerprints and extensive criminal background checks for almost any worker who may be left alone with kids. But those same requirements do not apply to ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which have become popular with teens. But company policies say they aren’t supposed to be transporting kids riding alone. As the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, it’s happening anyway, and it could be putting thousands of kids at risk. Investigative reporter Liz Wagner reports on a story that first aired on Feb. 4, 2018.

INTERACTIVE: SPOTTING A FAKE

Popular apps offer safety tips for riders that explain how to avoid getting into a car with a phony driver, but an NBC Bay Area investigation revealed some of those tips will not work if your driver is using a rented account. Full Story

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WEB EXTRA: ONE TEEN'S STORY

A Peninsula teen discusses how she learned about the risks of riding Uber alone and underage. 

A Peninsula teen discusses how she learned about the risks of riding Uber alone and underage. Meanwhile, our Investigative Unit Producer Kevin Nious shows how often underrage passengers requests rides during a recent job working as an Uber driver.

WEB EXTRA: UBER RIDE-ALONG

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit went undercover near schools and malls across the Bay Area to record more than a dozen ride-hailing drivers willing to take underage riders.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit went undercover near schools and malls across the Bay Area. They recorded more than a dozen ride-hailing drivers willing to take underage riders. An Uber and Lyft driver also discusses how often he has to reject requests from underage passengers.
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