Brazilian gang defrauds Uber, Lyft, DoorDash using GPS spoofing and stolen IDs


US authorities have charged a gang of Brazilian nationals for a scheme that defrauded the customers of services like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and two other unidentified food delivery services.

According to court documents obtained by The Record, the gang used stolen IDs to create driver accounts at the aforementioned services, which they later sold to individuals who were not eligible for such accounts.

The gang also sold GPS-spoofing tech to drivers that made rides appear longer than they were or food delivery routes shorter in order to obtain increased fares.

Justice Department officials said the group, which began operating in September 2019, initially targeted ride-hailing services but switched to target food delivery services in 2020 after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and after ride-hailing services saw a decline in business.

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