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Toronto police warning Uber users after report of impersonation

A Toronto DJ and rapper who uses the stage name Rebecca Rocklynn said she was approached by two men in a car near Yonge and Bloor about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Before you get into an Uber, make sure it's really an Uber, Toronto police warn.

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Before you get into an Uber, make sure it's really an Uber, Toronto police warn.

Toronto police are warning people to check the make and plate of strangers’ cars before jumping in after a report of someone impersonating an Uber driver began circulating online.

“People need to take personal precautions, especially with Uber,” said Chris Boddy, an inspector with the Toronto police customer service unit. “Even if you’ve ordered a car, you have to make sure you’re getting in the right vehicle.

“If you have any concerns, don’t get in,” Boddy said.

A Toronto DJ and rapper who uses the stage name Rebecca Rocklynn said she was approached by two men in a car near Yonge and Bloor about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The men told her they were the Uber ride she ordered. But, she hadn’t ordered an Uber and refused to get in, Rocklynn told Metro.

Rocklynn took a picture of the car’s licence plate and contacted police. She also posted about the incident online, warning others to be careful.

A friend has since contacted her to report a similar incident with a car matching the same description, Rocklynn said.

Police considering the incident serious, saying it could be anything from a case of mischief to an attempted kidnapping. Boddy said anyone who’s had a similar experience should contact police.

Susie Heath, a spokeswoman for Uber, said the company gives customers the driver’s first name, car model and plate number as a safety tool, so passengers can know what car is safe to get into. 

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