Florida authorities are asking Uber for a user’s ride history to catch a scammer they say swiped $700,000 from an 82-year-old grandma

Florida authorities are asking Uber for a user’s ride history to catch a scammer they say swiped $700,000 from an 82-year-old grandma….  Uber confirmed it was cooperating with authorities who wanted information about a user’s account to catch a person they say scammed an 82-year-old grandmother out of $700,000.

Florida authorities are asking Uber for a user's ride history to catch a scammer they say swiped $700,000 from an 82-year-old grandma
Florida authorities are asking Uber for a user’s ride history to catch a scammer they say swiped $700,000 from an 82-year-old grandma—–

 

Investigators believe information about who visited the woman’s house using the ridesharing app could clue them into who was involved in the scam, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The scammer reportedly first made contact with the victim in May and said her granddaughter was in legal trouble.

They told her to take money out of her bank account to pay for her granddaughter’s troubles, according to court documents seen by Insider.

Then, she was told to give that money to an assigned courier and to not tell anyone, the court records said. Over the course of the scame, the thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of the woman’s savings.

Now, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into Uber rides that either started or ended at the victim’s house.

The victim said she did not order any of the Uber rides being investigated and it is unclear whether the rides were used to transport the money.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s is attempting to locate the name, credit card information, and ride history of the user that send rides to her home, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

These details “will assist with providing information to who purchased the rideshares and where the victim’s funds actually went,” a detective wrote in court records, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“We are in touch with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office department to cooperate with their investigation,” an Uber spokesperson told Insider.

 

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