Nigerian Man cries out after mistakenly transferring N1m to an Uber driver

A Nigerian man took to Facebook to lament, after mistakenly transferring N1m to an Uber driver as payment for a recent trip.

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According to the Nigerian man, the money he transferred to the Uber driver was part payment for a family member who is battling a life threatening disease at the hospital. He wrote;

Help!!! I Mistakenly Sent N1m To A Uber Driver

Please read carefully before commenting

I have a very serious issue that has been a pain on my neck and I will try as much as I can to summarize everything

I sent a sum of N1m to a Uber taxi driver’s account number on the 20th October, 2018. This money was a part payment bill for one of my family members who is battling with a life-threatening health issues. That happened about 4 weeks ago.

This is how the whole thing happened

A friend of mine paid me a courtesy visit and when he was about leaving, I used my rider app to request a ride for him and the driver came and took him to his destination. He told my friend the estimated cost of the fare was N4,800 but my friend didn’t even bother to check because he felt he probably would not lie about it.

My friend called and told me the fare was N4,800 and I requested for the Uber taxi driver’s account number after which I made the payment. The next day (20th October), I needed to make a transaction of N1m to someone for a part payment bill of my family member’s treatment oblivious of the fact that I actually made the payment to the Uber taxi driver’s account number. This was because I added him in my beneficiary when I wanted to make the payment.

I went to the rider app to get his contact, only for me to realize he actually inflated the fare from N3,400 to N4,800 which I literally paid for. You can see he’s not an honest person but I wasn’t really bothered about that.

I called and pleaded to him to refund the 1m I sent to his account. At first, he acted as if he didn’t receive any money but after series of calls, he later confirmed it. I sent my account details to him and he promised to refund me on Monday as it was weekend.

Monday came and the dude started acting funny. He would pick my calls and remain silent. There were times he gave the phone to a lady to talk to me. Sometimes he yelled at me to stop disturbing him, and a point, he even stopped picking my calls

I mailed Uber and narrated everything that transpired. They responded requesting for evidence to back up my claim which I provided. I took screenshots of the first (inflated fare) and second payment and attached it to my massage. They responded telling me I should exercise patience and that they will look into my issue

It’s been 4 weeks now and Uber has been lackadaisical towards this issue. I have messaged them several times and they seem to be less concerned about it.
With the way Uber has been acting towards this issue, one could conclude that they’re trying to cover up this guy. Someone that can easily call and resolve this issue.

They have just been acting like they’re more concerned about their own pockets than customer’s satisfaction. I expect them to have taken up the issue for properly investigation despite providing solid evidence.

Please everyone! I have tried and I’m already fed up. Their customer care is my last resort but they have been nonchalant despite knowing the name, vehicle type, and license plate number of someone working for them. Even the Uber driver in question has failed to refund the money and has been avoiding me.

I went to the bank recently and his account has been frozen but I haven’t been able to get my money

This country is just messed up. Even the police aren’t helping matters. They are demanding their own share of about 150k

Attached is

1. picture of the uber driver
2. Chat with uber
3. Proof of 3400 as exact tfare
4. Proof of 1m transfer to the uber driver

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95 Comments

  1. Chei! We gobė o! Pls go to EFCC, ICPC, DSS anywhere you can lay a complain, the us not needs to refund your money. OMG!

  2. Chai I hope his account was frozen when he hasn’t made any withdrawals, but what is this country turning into, no honesty, and integrity. And to think that you can go to the police and they will help, but no, they will always demand that you give them money before they will do the job they are being paid for. Corruption of the highest order. I hope you get your money back.

  3. The police will of course look for what their profit would be and doe him am not certain about the return of the money.

  4. Wat a terrible mistake,, even the so called police are there busy asking for money when there is a serious issue,,on my own opinion the Uber should be sued so they refund d money

  5. This is really bad, I will advice to leave police for now and try and contact EFCC on the matter, and also do not relent on the Uber customer care, if possible locate their office and lodge the complain with full evidence

  6. Please uber should be kind enough to request the driver to return the money, since it’s money for treatment, please.

  7. Comment*BT d uber driver is mean oo
    even after pleading at u u r still acting funny.
    nawa o.
    oga pls b more careful wen transferring nxt time

  8. So sorry about this,if the Uber was unfaithful in little thing he can’t be faithful in big things. But i pray God will touch his heart to return it.

  9. Obviously the my is not an honest man by increasing the price so I believe that he will want to eat the one million. Report to the sars

  10. This Uber man is funny o, does he think you should just forget the money just like that ,that Uber man is a criminal and since you have taking the necessary step wait a little and see if nothing is done by Uber report to the police ,one good thing is he can’t withdraw the money

  11. Uber should handle this,bank too can assist.police will not help matter here,they will also need to collect 10%from the said man,police!

  12. I am tired of this country to be honest, everybody is a criminal including those who are meant to help fight crime

  13. I have noticed that people always disappoint you when it has to do with money . The Police should do their work and Uber is an app they are supposed to know exactly the location of the Uber driver.

  14. People are very wicked. Why will the so called driver take what doesn’t belong to him. Greed virtually killing most people. This is a lesson that we should be very careful with people especially when it come to money.

  15. This is unfair and is a taint on their image. The company should have resolved this issue. I hope the police do the necessity here.

  16. It’s a gud thing his acct has been frozen…most Uber drivers are just moey driven…dey seize NY lil opportunity to inflate prices
    In btw….Nigerian police are useless, wat will 150k do for Dem, instead of helping the poor man dey are after their own pockets

    Nigeria as a whole is a failed country…things like dis shldnt be happening

  17. This is so not fair. The mistake has already been made. Someone should pls help him sort this problem out before he goes crazy. That’s a whole lot of money

  18. This is tragic. With technology, your money can be traced and returned to you. But the law enforcement in this country are not serious.

  19. The driver please return the money to the owner, what you will gain in life will be greater than that amount of money

  20. Why is customer care not acting like it’s their business. Customer care is a very important back bone for any business.

  21. Since the driver is from uber ,the company will be responsible for it..and moreover I don’t think is proper for the driver to be collecting money from the passenger,they are suppose to make it in a place that the passenger are to pay directly to the company

  22. Wow this is a serious matter I hope his account was frozen when he hasn’t made any withdrawals, but what is this country turning into, no honesty, and integrity. And to think that you can go to the police and they will help, but no, they will always demand that you give them money before they will do the job they are being paid for. Corruption of the highest order. I hope you get your money back.

  23. Obviously how come he mistakenly, initially he made a mistake, secondly the driver is not a responsible man but thief, and last ulber had not done good they should help the guy to solve his issues

  24. This is very bad of the the driver!
    My brother please take heart, because I don’t think that man will bring that money back.

  25. This is such a terrible happening, people aren’t honest anymore pleas why is that, don’t we think of the judgement day!!!! Now you have all right to cry and even be confused where are you gonna start na dmy problem is this days when we mistakenly send money to another account we end up loosing it because the bank keep telling us go come back after this kai everything is just so annoying so sorry for your loss

  26. The driver deserve to go to jail!!!! He displayed criminal acts firstly he hiked the price of his service from 3,500 to 4,800, secondly the customer mistakenly transfer a whooping sum of one million naira(#1,000,000) to his account and he promised to return the money since on Monday up till now he hasn’t returned the money. He really should be arrested because he is a criminal.

  27. ogae the only thing that concerns uber in This matter is just that inflated Price which can be proven at times.the fact that you mistakenly transferred money to the guy again is your problem what if he was not the guy and it was someone you couldn’t trace. Next time you don’t sound authoritative in this kind of situation, you need to negotiate.

  28. I have read this story before and was sad the way Uber took this complaint likely. For about a month now they have literally done nothing about it which is bad

  29. Things happen in this country. Money that isn’t yours, you claim it as your own. That Uber driver will not rest until he returns that money even the police on the other hand don’t have conscience, they are demanding theirs. Who will now give these people sense now?

  30. This is very bad.
    Uber as a company should have resolved this rather than having their name dragged in the mold

  31. This driver should put himself in this guys shoes n refund him that money. It’s really unfair and UBER customer care should take drastic action to recover it for this man

  32. The Uber driver should have a heart and return the money. The company itself should have customer satisfaction as their motto. They should look into the matter and resolve it as soon as possible

  33. This is serious God will put it in his mind to return the money because in this nigeria is not easy to refund

  34. So sorry about this, mistake do happen but the ubber should pls find means to reach the man, and why are police demanding money for what.. It is out of it, may God recover your money back cause to loose 1m in this economy is just too bad

  35. Brother half bread is better than none. Work with the police on this matter. They can track this guy down for you. Before your money enter voicemail. The 1st thing you should have done was to immediately request to the bank that my be blocked, you can apologize later. Doing this would ensure the guy doesn’t have access to the money at all. The matter will be settled at the bank. At least you’ll be sure your money is safe.

  36. So anyone you send money to becomes your beneficiary.invite EFCC and SARS into the matter,they will help you out

  37. I think if the money is still in his account and the account has been frozen by the bank there is still hope of you getting back your money but it might not be immediate. For those tranfering fund online or app usage endeavour to alway check the account number like twice or thrice just to ensure is the right person before tranfering.

  38. Wow. This is unfair. The uber driver should that there is God and he certainly will pay him for his work. As for the guy, u missed it. U should have to the bank immediately and sort counsel and they would have helped u recover part of not all

  39. I don’t understand, I thought it is bank that settles this issue. Why didn’t the bank refund the money. And Uber as an organization should have made sure the driver is apprehened and money refunded to preserve their image

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