Some Uber drivers in Lagos have been using a fake APS itinerary app to fraudulently bump up fares for local riders.
Initially created for developers to test geofencing based apps, ‘Lockito’, and Android based app that lets your phone follow a fake GPS itinerary is being used by Uber drivers in Lagos to inflate the cost of their trips.
In some cases, inflated trips can cost riders more than double the rate they should be paying.
“it is more like a parasite” says Mohammed, a driver for both Uber and Taxify in Lagos. it sets the false GPS movement while allowing the phone also to keep track of its actual movement”.
The Uber app can’t tell the difference between both, so it just calculates both to the detriment of riders.