USC murder causing rideshare users to exercise caution

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FOX 46 Charlotte

South Carolina law enforcement says 21-year-old USC student, Samantha Josephson, got into a car thinking it was her Uber. It turned out to be a fatal mistake.

"She had absolutely no chance; none,” said Seymour Josephson, the student’s father.

Josephson is vowing to improve safety of ride sharing services after her murder. Her story is causing Uber and Lyft riders to exercise extra caution.

“Just be cautious and don't blindly trust anyone,” Visakh Nair told FOX 46 during his ride.

Uber didn’t comment on the circumstances surrounding Josephson’s case, but urged drivers to review their safety tips. Some of those include requesting your ride inside, getting into the right car and sharing trip details with a friend. Helen Miller said she already practices some of those.

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“Before I get into the Lyft, I look at the model of the car and before I get in the car, I wait for them to announce my name,” she said.

Another rider said his female friends do the same.

“I've seen them ask their driver who he is,” Nair said, “and cross check with their photos and check the license plate before entering.”

While Josephson’s dad didn’t specify changes he’d like ride share companies to implement, he said he intends to put pressure on Uber and Lyft.

FOX 46 reported on this story from Charlotte, N.C.