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Uber and Authorities Investigate Fake Calls Resulting in Driver’s Death

Uber and authorities are probing hoax calls made to an 81-year old man that led to a female driver’s death

Uber is cooperating with investigators in the case of an 81-year-old man allegedly shooting a woman to death in Ohio after mistakenly believing she was part of a scam. Loletha Hall was fatally shot on March 25, and Uber has since banned the account linked to the incident. William J. Brock, indicted on charges of murder, claims Hall attempted to rob him, but police say she made no threats and only inquired about a package she was sent to retrieve through the Uber app.

Brock called 911 to report the shooting, alleging a robbery attempt. However, investigations revealed that Hall posed no threat, and Brock held her at gunpoint, demanding information about individuals he had spoken with on the phone regarding a scam call he had received.

Uber and Authorities Investigate Fake Calls Resulting in Driver's Death

Uber and Authorities Investigate Fake Calls Resulting in Driver’s Death (Credits: NDTV)

The sheriff’s office warns against responding to unexpected calls soliciting cash for bail, particularly directed at older individuals. The FBI issued an alert about government impersonation scams, which often target older people, resulting in significant financial losses.

A survey in the Chicago area highlighted the vulnerability of individuals with low awareness of scams, particularly when personal information is compromised. Police suspect the same individual or an accomplice who made scam calls to Brock also ordered Hall’s Uber trip to pick up a package. Brock allegedly prevented Hall from leaving, took her cell phone, and fatally shot her when she attempted to enter her vehicle.

Brock faces charges of murder, felonious assault, and kidnapping, and the gun seized from his home is subject to forfeiture. Despite posting bail, he maintains his innocence. The FBI is aware of the case but hasn’t confirmed involvement. In her obituary, Hall is remembered as a dedicated church member, skilled cook, and versatile professional who retired from the Regional Income Tax Agency and worked in behavioral health, education, and for Uber. She leaves behind a son and a stepson.

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