Fake Ride Share Driver Scammed North Side Bar Patrons With Debit Card Trick

Jackson lives in Lakeview and targeted bar-goers across the North Side, Loop, and Wicker Park, police say.

A 49-year-old Lakeview man posed as a ride share driver and defrauded his passengers by stealing their debit cards, acquiring PINs, and later withdrawing money from ATMs, police said.

Gabriel Jackson of the 400 block of West Barry is charged with twelve counts of operating a continuing financial crime enterprises, police said.

Jackson focused his efforts in the yellow-shaded areas, police say

Authorities say Jackson would pose as a ride share driver to lure bar patrons into his car. At the end of each trip, Jackson requested a debit card, swiped it through his phone, and asked the victim to enter their PIN.

Then, Jackson would return a similar-looking debit card that did not belong to the passenger. After the victim got out of his car, Jackson would drive to an ATM and withdraw cash using the victim’s real card and the PIN data that they entered, police said.

Jackson picked up passengers in the 1st, 18th, 14th, and 19th police districts, which stretch from Uptown to the Near South Side and include the Bucktown and Wicker Park areas.

This afternoon, bail for Jackson was set at $50,000.

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