Man warns others about fake Uber, Lyft drivers

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 02:29:40-04

An Ocean Beach man is warning others about fake Uber and Lyft drivers targeting drunk women walking alone at night.

The man, who didn't want to be identified, said he watched a drunk woman stumble past his home on Cable Street and Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach. He then saw a pickup do a U-turn and pull up beside her.

"And she says 'are you my Uber?'" the man said. “I knew for a fact his older model beat up truck wasn’t an Uber and I didn’t see the Uber emblem on his windshield. And he said 'yes I am.'”

He jumped in to stop her before she could get inside, chased the fake driver off, and walked her home; but he says the danger wasn't over.

“The scary thing is he followed us all the way," the man said. "Like I didn’t know he was following us until I made sure she walked into her home and that’s when I saw him driving past us at the Rite Aid.”

Now he wants everyone to know to watch out for fake drivers, and warns people looking to prey on vulnerable women that it won't be pretty if they are caught.

"They need to know that Ocean Beach is looking out for each other and we're becoming pretty effective at it," he said.

Police searched the area but did not find the fake driver. He's described as a man in his 30s driving a beat up old GMC or Chevy champagne or gold colored pick up truck.