Rio Tourists Targeted by Bogus App Drivers in Air and Bus Terminals

Drivers impersonate App employees and charge rides in cash or cards. Passengers board pirate service, with no guarantee of safety.

By Arkady Petrov

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tourists and residents of Rio de Janeiro are the targets of a scam at Tom Jobim International Airport, by men posing as Uber drivers, who are called through a messaging App and not by the company. At the Novo Rio Bus Terminal, an illegal service is also offered.

On arrival, an alleged employee turns up. The man introduces himself as a service agent to an investigator, passing himself off as a Spanish tourist. However, the man claims that the passenger does not need to call the car by cell phone, that he would . . .

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