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It appears Cancun’s unending conflict on scammers is intensifying as soon as extra after stories of faux Uber drivers concentrating on vacationers in central areas began circulating. Now, authorities are urging them to be cautious when reserving rides by means of the favored app, as they could possibly be extorted, and even put their lives in severe hazard.
This 12 months, Cancun has taken extra steps to make sure guests really feel protected and luxuriate in a stress-free trip within the metropolis, deploying extra police models to seaside hotspots and growing surveillance within the Resort Zone, all of the whereas underneath the scrutiny of the mass media and the U.S. Authorities. Naturally, when precise safety considerations do come up, tourism officers react swiftly.
For now, chances are you’ll need to rethink utilizing rideshare purposes in Cancun, the place taxi scams have gotten increasingly common:
Scammers In Cancun Are Hacking Into The Uber Platform For Private Acquire
Following a number of stories on-line, together with various TikTok movies the place vacationers declare to have fallen sufferer to scammers, the President of the Mexican Affiliation of Journey Companies confirmed those that use Uber in Mexico ‘could possibly be in peril’, as the service stays poorly regulated throughout the nation, and criminals have been recognized to function within the discipline.
Mr. Eduardo Paniagua said ‘private security’ is endangered, taking into consideration Uber’s restricted attain within the Mexican Caribbean, attributed to the continued resistance of the regional taxi monopoly, has paved the way in which for scammers to current themselves as drivers, particularly in current months, when fares in Cancun and Tulum started spiraling uncontrolled.
At current, numerous taxis are intentionally overcharging vacationers or operating on inflated fares higher than Manhattan‘s, thus influencing vacationers to hunt different cheaper alternate options for shifting across the zone. Mockingly, they’re resorting to unlicensed Ubers and placing themselves in peril because of the native taxis’ personal corrupt practices.
Is Lack Of Competitors To Blame For The Phenomenon?
Within the phrases of Travel Noire, the battle between taxi unions, whose members wish to stave off the competitors in any respect prices, and budget-friendly rideshare apps have led ‘hackers’ to clone Uber accounts for illicit functions. Cancun’s seashores often is the most secure (and cleanest) they’ve ever been, however highway security is a totally different matter altogether.
Primarily, the aforementioned hackers are cracking into the WhatsApp account of licensed drivers and accessing the Uber database to prey on naive passengers. Journey Noire notes that, except a buyer acts fastidiously, they could possibly be getting into an ‘unknown car’ pushed by somebody who has not been inspected nor authorized by Uber.
Apparently, the Authorities is but to stipulate a method to fight scammers, in stark distinction with its earlier, well-documented, and efficient actions to quash crime in vacationer spots, after various gang-related shootings took the headlines by storm earlier this 12 months.
Comparatively, the dearth of competitors on the transportation entrance, and its subsequent results, are but to be addressed.
Individuals Should Keep away from Utilizing Ridesharing Apps In Cancun
Prospects are being urged to cancel an Uber trip instantly after realizing it could possibly be a rip-off and reporting any dodgy accounts to the related authorities. Reserving Ubers, basically, is now strongly discouraged, however in case they determine to take their possibilities, American vacationers should watch out for some crimson flags and maintain a excessive stage of situational consciousness.
A easy option to spot a faux Uber driver is to concentrate to pointless questioning. Drivers don’t have to ‘confirm’ any of your private particulars apart from maybe confirming your identify, and to an extent, you need to by no means share your personal bank card particulars or different delicate info both in particular person or on-line chats.
Moreover, checking the automotive plate and that the automotive matches the outline on the reserving is, in fact, suggested. Till the state of Quintana Roo cracks down each on ill-intended drivers, and the loopholes left open amid the fierce opposition of taxi unions to exterior competitors, it’s greatest in the event you stick with hiring non-public drivers or reserving transportation upfront.
That’s significantly true arriving at Cancun Airport, the place vacationers should stroll by means of the infamous shark tank, or ‘gauntlet’, an arrival corridor lined with yelling drivers who will do something to seize your consideration, together with standing in your manner and snapping their fingers.
One of the simplest ways to keep away from feeling overwhelmed by this and brought benefit of is, once more, to organize transportation beforehand. At the moment, because of resisting taxi drivers who rely closely on the ‘shark tank hall’, there’s no Uber service leaving from Cancun Airport.
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