Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
uber car not ordered
Old 05-21-2018, 09:58 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,029
uber car not ordered

I have an Uber app on my phone. I've had it for a few months now and have never used it. Low and behold today I got an email saying I was going to be charged 5 dollars for not being at a location for pick up. Funny thing I never ordered the ride. In fact I have never used Uber yet. How this happened...I don't know. Was it a butt dial? But then how was an address entered. No person to talk to but found I was not able to get refund but it would be given back in credit on a future trip. Has this ever happened to anyone?
__________________

ripper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-21-2018, 10:28 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Diablo Valley (SF Bay Area)
Posts: 1,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by ripper1 View Post
I have an Uber app on my phone. I've had it for a few months now and have never used it. Low and behold today I got an email saying I was going to be charged 5 dollars for not being at a location for pick up. Funny thing I never ordered the ride. In fact I have never used Uber yet. How this happened...I don't know. Was it a butt dial? But then how was an address entered. No person to talk to but found I was not able to get refund but it would be given back in credit on a future trip. Has this ever happened to anyone?
Can you contest it with your bank?
__________________

gayl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2018, 10:45 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Souschef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Santa Paula
Posts: 2,462
I think it is butt dial. I moved both my Uber and Lyft apps off my main page for that reason.
__________________
Retired Jan 2009 Have not looked back.
AA 50/45/5 considering SS and pensions a SP annuity
WR 2% SI 2SS & 2 Pensions
Souschef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 05:30 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Red Badger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Piedmont Region
Posts: 1,740
Quote:
Originally Posted by Souschef View Post
I think it is butt dial. I moved both my Uber and Lyft apps off my main page for that reason.
Dispute it with Uber. I had a small charge (same kind-different situation) that I got reversed. Then, They sent me a short survey that garnered me a $10 Amazon gift card. Win - win!
__________________
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
W. Rogers
Red Badger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 10:07 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 21,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by ripper1 View Post
Was it a butt dial? But then how was an address entered.
Could be, seems like it would take several actions to get to the point of actually summoning someone though. But I guess like monkeys at typewriters coming up with "War and Peace" it could happen (I always imagine some monkey typing the whole thing, but the title was "War and Piece", so close! ) .

But for location, it starts with your GPS information, and then you can adjust if needed. They know (cue spooky music for the paranoid).

Follow the previous advice, make it a bit harder to open the app, that should prevent future butt dials.

edit - OK, seeing the next post, I see now that you meant the destination address (not your current location for pickup) - then COcheesehead's explanation is probably it.

-ERD50
ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 10:20 AM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 2,985
An address can be "auto" entered by typing just a letter or two and the app tries to auto fill it. So for example, I could enter "e" and the app will suggest Empire State Building.
COcheesehead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 10:25 AM   #7
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 790
I'm leaning towards this was some kind of scam or hack. I've used Uber a couple of times (on an iPhone) and I don't think it's possible to order a ride without going through a couple of screens.
CoolRich59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 10:51 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 21,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by CoolRich59 View Post
I'm leaning towards this was some kind of scam or hack. I've used Uber a couple of times (on an iPhone) and I don't think it's possible to order a ride without going through a couple of screens.
Made me look. It's easier than I thought.

1) Click on UBER app

2) It has my most recent destinations listed - one click to one of those and it takes it, w/o a search or anything.

3) Then I get choices, and a big "confirm" button - I won't go further, I think that actually kicks off requests to the drivers, but there might be another level to accept?

I think I will move UBER off the screen altogether, it's easy enough to go to the 'apps' tool and find UBER.

-ERD50
ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 11:35 AM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RunningBum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 8,363
That's a good tip. I've removed both Uber and Lyft from my homescreen so it won't get accidentally launched. I do get some apps occasionally launched accidentally, probably when I turn the screen on. Somehow my screen got more touchy. I noticed when I have maps open, navigating while driving, if I grab the phone or move the screen to see more detail on my next turn, it has started putting an intermediate point somewhere I've accidentally touched. Really bad if I don't notice, as it directs me there first. And even if I do notice, it's a pain to remove the intermediate point while I'm driving, probably in an unfamiliar area.
RunningBum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 11:56 AM   #10
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 790
Quote:
Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
Made me look. It's easier than I thought.

1) Click on UBER app

2) It has my most recent destinations listed - one click to one of those and it takes it, w/o a search or anything.

3) Then I get choices, and a big "confirm" button - I won't go further, I think that actually kicks off requests to the drivers, but there might be another level to accept?

I think I will move UBER off the screen altogether, it's easy enough to go to the 'apps' tool and find UBER.

-ERD50
Thanks ERD. Based on your post, as they say in politics, I'm going to *walk back* my comment.

I did some online searches and found some interesting Uber and Lyft ripoff articles, but none of them match the OP's experience. (Some of the other scams are very ingenious. I am constantly amazed, however, at the creativity of scammers and their ilk.)
CoolRich59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 12:01 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RunningBum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 8,363
I haven't actually used Uber yet myself. Surely you have a record on your phone of whether you ordered it or not, don't you? I see "Your Trips" and "Past" under that.
RunningBum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 12:22 PM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
Made me look. It's easier than I thought.

1) Click on UBER app

2) It has my most recent destinations listed - one click to one of those and it takes it, w/o a search or anything.

3) Then I get choices, and a big "confirm" button - I won't go further, I think that actually kicks off requests to the drivers, but there might be another level to accept?

I think I will move UBER off the screen altogether, it's easy enough to go to the 'apps' tool and find UBER.

-ERD50
No, that is it. I use Uber fairly often, and that has always been the drill. I am not crazy about Uber or Lyft, but they do make it much easier to live carless in a central city, and I am so over with auto ownership after driving well over a million lifetime miles.

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 01:42 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Cobra9777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,946
Quote:
Originally Posted by RunningBum View Post
...I noticed when I have maps open, navigating while driving, if I grab the phone or move the screen to see more detail on my next turn, it has started putting an intermediate point somewhere I've accidentally touched. Really bad if I don't notice, as it directs me there first. And even if I do notice, it's a pain to remove the intermediate point while I'm driving, probably in an unfamiliar area.
Same exact thing happened to me 3 days ago. Somehow Google Maps inserted an intermediate destination. This was right after I touched the phone (zoomed out to see what route it was taking me on). Didn't realize what had happened until I was 10 minutes off track. I couldn't figure out how to remove the intermediate destination point. I had to cancel navigation and restart.
__________________
Retired at 52 in July 2013. On to better things...
AA: 55% stock, 15% real estate, 27% bonds, 3% cash
WR: 2.7% SI: 2 pensions, some rental income, SS later
Cobra9777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 07:20 PM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 21,673
Even though a butt dial seems technically possible, it still could be a scam. Proceed with caution.

-ERD50
__________________

ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ordered A 'Subscription' Car yakers Other topics 39 04-26-2018 04:32 PM
I just Ordered a New Car plus other Minor Things MikeD Other topics 12 04-14-2012 10:27 AM
New car, old car, same car? cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 74 06-15-2006 04:27 PM
Anyone ordered canadian drugs? brewer12345 Other topics 7 04-10-2006 03:04 PM
Wal-Mart Ordered to Provide Morning-After Pill haha Other topics 6 02-18-2006 01:05 PM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:58 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×