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Cops suspect fake Uber and Lyft drivers are sexually assaulting passengers

In 4 Mpls. cases the suspects claimed to be rideshare drivers.

Minneapolis police want people using ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to be extra careful after a series of sexual assault complaints. 

According to a safety reminder posted to Facebook Friday, the victims say they were assaulted by someone claiming to be a driver with those services.

A police spokeswoman, Sgt. Catherine Michal, tells GoMN there have been four cases in the last two weeks. It's not clear if they're related. 

Michal says the victims have been both male and female and all say the driver initiated unwanted sexual contact. 

In three of the cases the victim was in the front seat and all occurred late at night or very early in the morning. 

How to be safe

Never take someone's word for it if they tell you they're a driver for Lyft or Uber. If you have not ordered a ride through the company's app do not get in their car. 

When you do order a ride, a picture of the driver and their license plate number will show up on the app. Double checking to make sure the driver and plate number on the car you're getting into match the ones shown on your phone is the top safety tip police are suggesting. 

Michal tells GoMN all of the assault victims in the past couple weeks ordered rides, but it's not clear whether they got into the right vehicles. 

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