If you’re using a ridesharing service, always make sure any car pulling up to you is actually from that service and there specifically for your ride. Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of actor and filmmaker Kevin Smith, shared a chilling story on Instagram this week. Smith, who is 16, says that two men in a beige vehicle pretended to be Uber drivers and urged her to get in their car. Luckily Smith did not take the bait, and she’s telling her story in order to warn others about predators out there who may be trying the same technique.
PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES- I was just standing outside a Starbucks in Brentwood, where I was waiting for my uber when a large, beige car drove up to me and tried to get me to think they were my uber. There were two white men (age 20-30) in the driver (blonde hair) and passenger (brown hair) seat with an uber sign on their front window, but they were most definitely not uber drivers. When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn’t answer me and said to get in the car. They didn’t have the uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own. Protect yourself and never ever get in a car without checking that it’s the correct car first!!! I was in too much haze of fear that I wasn’t thinking straight enough to think to take a picture of the drivers or the license plate, but if you see a car like this PLEASE report it to the police and stop them from trying to pray on other young girls!!! We have already reported it to the police, but more information would be helpful in finding them. Be careful and look out for yourself/others!!!!
Smith says that she was waiting for an Uber outside an L.A. Starbucks when two men pulled up to her.
“When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn’t answer me and said to get in the car,” she wrote. “They didn’t have the Uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own.”
The actress urged her followers to protect themselves, writing: “Never ever get in a car without checking that it’s the correct car first!”
She reported the incident to the police, and was understandably a a bit shaken up by the event. Luckily, her dad knew just how to cheer her up.
Kevin Smith also used his Twitter account to spread the word, encouraging other L.A. residents to be on the lookout for similar scammers.
BE ALERT! Two white men in beige Jeep posed as @Uber and just tried to talk my kid into getting in their car outside Brentwood Starbucks.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 31, 2016
The sobering story reminds us to be super careful when using any ridesharing apps. Spread the word!
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