Do you use Uber or 99 to get around town? If so, I have to beware of a scam that, although not exactly new, has increasingly gained strength. Drivers are cheating on the app's GPS to make racing more expensive in a scam called Treme Treme. But don't stop: After being punished by the platform, scammers buy fake accounts to keep picking up passengers and making money. In another embodiment, they are able to break the line and pick up airport runs more easily.
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On YouTube, application drivers have already posted videos denouncing the scheme practiced by others. According to the testimonials, to make racing more expensive, drivers circumvent their own GPS so that trips seem to take a longer route than necessary. On social networks, there are reports of races that were almost four times more expensive than the one ordered by the app.
Treme Treme: Uber and 99 POP drivers denounce, while others cheat on GPS to make racing more expensive Photo: Divulgao / Uber
The scheme is simple and works only if the driver's mobile phone is Android, a feature that is native to the smartphone and operating system. Although it may be noted that the path is longer than usual, the passenger cannot effectively perceive the blow as the driver is following the path indicated by the GPS.
After the race is over, when passengers claim excessive values and get in touch with companies, drivers are punished. Thus, the fraudster's account in Uber is negative and the incoming races will serve to reduce the debt. The found way of circumventing discounts, buying fake accounts. For this, the driver can, even in groups on Facebook, buy mobile devices with the driver application already logged into an account with third party data. That way you can keep picking up and rigging races.
On social networks, racing app users share their experiences with the Treme Treme Photo: Playback / Facebook scam
Another mode of the coup happens at airports, where drivers who want to pick up passengers face long queues. But scammers crash the app so they can spend less time waiting for a call. Thus, the wait can last less than thirty minutes.
At 99, he denied the complaints. "99 informs that it has no records of such practice on its platform. Drivers or passengers who are aware of this situation should report 99, so that the security team can act with priority," he said in a statement.