An Ohio resident shot and killed an Uber driver: their meeting was set up by scammers, but the scam did not go according to plan - ForumDaily
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An Ohio resident shot and killed an Uber driver: their meeting was set up by scammers, but the scam did not go according to plan

An 81-year-old Ohio man has been charged with murder. He shot and killed a female Uber driver whom he mistook for a fraudster, reports CNN.

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On March 25, William Brock shot Loleta Hall multiple times outside his home in South Charleston. Hall was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

Brock told police he received a threatening phone call from a man before the shooting. He claimed that one of Brock's relatives was in prison. Read about how Uber deducted $30 from tourists' accounts for one short trip. article.

The caller then asked Brock to wire money for a deposit for a relative, and when he refused, the caller began making death threats against him and his family. How much does an Uber driver earn, find out in our material.

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Driver murder

When Hall, 61, drove her Uber to Brock's house, he shot her multiple times. Brock believed Hall was related to the scammer caller. He thought she would kill him and his family, the man explained to 911, which he called after shooting the woman.

Police released dashcam footage taken from Hall's car showing Brock killing her outside his home.

Terrible tragedy

Hall received a request on the Uber app to pick up a package from Brock's house and drove to the man's house. Her car dash cam footage shows her getting out of her car to talk to Brock.

William Brock was arrested and charged with murder because police saw no active threat from Hall. Brock did not contact authorities for help, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Hall made no demands on Brock; she simply asked about the package she was sent to retrieve.

Brock has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and posted bail of $200.

Uber has been in contact with Hall's family and law enforcement, the company said.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to them,” a company spokesman said. “We have remained in contact with law enforcement and remain committed to assisting them with their investigation.”

Uber suspended the account of the person who ordered Hall's car to Brock's house. Authorities believe this man was either the phone scammer or an accomplice.

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The company says it is committed to ensuring the safety of Uber drivers. It has developed security features including an in-app emergency button, route sharing features and the ability to connect to a live security agent.

It is unclear whether authorities have identified the account owner or made any additional arrests.

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