Warning after creepy experience with men claiming to be Sydney Uber drivers

A woman has issued a warning to people in Sydney after experiencing two very unsettling situations with a person claiming to be an Uber driver.

TikTok user Jazz recently shared a video titled “Females in Sydney watch out”, in which she detailed a terrifying experience she had while walking home alone one night in Sydney’s inner west.

“If you guys are from Sydney, please listen the f**k up. So let me tell you about this weird situation that happened twice in a week,” she started the video.

“I was on my way home, only like two metres away, and this f**king Uber driver pulls up and says ‘Did you order an Uber?’”

The young woman told the man that she didn’t order an Uber, but he became insistent that she should “get in the car”.

Jazz claimed the man then asked her to “please help me find my way” and said he didn’t “have a map”, which the woman found very strange.

“Anyway, I was like ‘No, no. It’s fine. I am busy’. He kept going and I was walking down the street and he was following me with his car,” she said.

“I am getting angry at that point, so I am just like ‘F**k off’.”

After that incident, the woman claimed she experienced the same thing two days later with a different man claiming to be an Uber driver and attempting to get her into his car.

In a follow up video, Jazz claimed the incidents occurred in Hurlstone Park, but said she had heard reports of this happening all over Sydney.

“These weirdos are everywhere in Sydney – in every single area in Sydney,” she said.

“This has happened to me so many times and I am sure other girls can f***ing relate.

“This is something we really need to talk about.”

She also hit back at the people claiming she was “making up the story”, questioning why they were hating on her for trying to “spread awareness and warn that these people are around”.

The woman’s original video has been viewed more than 80,000 times and has gained hundreds of comments, many from women who claim they have been in similar situations.

One woman claimed she had this same situation happen outside the Star Casino, with an Uber driver pulling up and trying to get her and her friends to hop in the car so they didn’t have to wait for the Uber that had ordered.

“We kept saying no so he drove another lap and asked AGAIN, he said he’d set up the drive manually from his phone, but yeah be safe girls,” she said.

Another commenter claimed it had happened to them “multiple times”, including with taxi drivers.

One woman said it happened to her a few weeks ago when she was walking home in Liverpool, but claimed the police “didn’t care” when informed.

“They said that something needs to happen before they can do anything. Like what,” she said.

Other commenters reported similar experiences in Surry Hills, Marrickville, Parramatta, outside of clubs in the CBD and at the airport.

An Uber spokesperson told news.com.au that the company is continuing to build its “cutting edge technology and features to help improve safety” – which can be accessed in the Safety Toolkit in the app.

“These advances in safety are important — but for them to be effective, riders need to be in the right car,” the spokesperson said.

“We provide driver photos and number plates in the app so riders can confirm it’s the right person picking them up before getting in.

“If the driver doesn’t match the photo or number plate, we encourage riders to report it to Uber right away so we can take action.”

News.com.au has contacted NSW Police for comment.

Uber has included a number of features to its app to ensure the safety of riders, such as being able to share your ride with loved ones so they can track where you are.

The app also uses RideCheck which uses sensors and GPS data to detect if a trip has an unexpected long stop.

Drivers must complete a criminal background screening process being approved to accept ride requests.

Riders can also chose to use a PIN to verify their ride in order to ensure they are getting into the right car.

By choosing this option, riders will be given a unique PIN for each trip that they will need to share with their driver when they are picked up in order for the trip to start.

Originally published as Woman’s warning after creepy experience people claiming to be Uber drivers in Sydney

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