Two Florida residents defrauded the food delivery service Uber Eats of more than $1 million over a year and a half

Two Florida residents defrauded the food delivery service Uber Eats of more than $1 million over a year and a half

Two men from Florida defrauded Uber Eats for more than a year and a half by creating fake accounts and acting as both a customer and a courier. Over 19 months, criminals stole more than a million dollars from the company.

Fraudsters invented their scheme in January 2022. They created fake courier and customer accounts on the Uber Eats app and began placing orders for food delivery, The Insider reported, citing the Broward County Sheriff. The basis for the scheme was a loophole in Uber Eats’ operating model: the service provides couriers with prepaid cards that they can use for purchases worth up to $700 to fulfill customer orders.

Police say the suspects placed fake orders for products, then canceled them and used the prepaid cards to purchase gift cards at stores. According to police, the men used the scheme to defraud 27 different Walgreens stores in the state.

The suspects were arrested in early October 2023 and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and grand larceny. An Uber representative said the company is grateful to law enforcement for their efforts in this case.

“We are committed to combating fraudulent activity on the Uber platform and are working to bring perpetrators to justice,” the company said in a statement.

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