Fake drivers and passengers are boosting Uberâ€™s growth in China
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Accomplices can sit in their apartments, disable location settings, and specify a pickup not far from the actual location of driverâ€™s vehicle, the report said. The driver then accepts the hail, and goes on a trip without a passenger. After the accomplice approves payment, the driver will â€“ hopefully â€“ pay back the fee and share a cut of the bonus. Itâ€™s not the most clever get-rich scheme on the planet. But for drivers, itâ€™s better than waiting for a hail in a parking lot.
Other Chinese drivers appear to be circumventing Uberâ€™s system for signing up new drivers by signing up for accounts with fake credentials, in order to grab first-time driver bonuses over and over again.
Typically, Uber recruits drivers by checking oneâ€™s ID and driverâ€™s license, and outsourcing background checks and vehicle inspections to third parties. But a black market has emerged on Taobao, Chinaâ€™s leading e-commerce site, that lets users buy their way in.
There are a handful of offers on Taobao for access to Uberâ€™s driver side app for as little as seven yuan, equivalent to $1. Instructions for access varies. But generally speaking, after handing over payment to the vendor, aspiring chauffeurs get access to a unique username, password, and Alipay account that they can use to sign up as a driver.