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Fake Uber driver cruises Oceanside and Carlsbad, California

CARLSBAD - Uber drivers are fuming online about an Uber knockoff seen cruising around Oceanside and Carlsbad.

The car is marked Uber, with the Uber card in the window. It even has license plates that read Uber. But the car also has a phone number and website printed on it that does not belong to the real Uber service.

10News ran the plates of the car and they came back registered to Uber Transportation, a word and world away from Uber Technology, which is the company that owns the popular app.

With the real Uber, you have to use an app to get ride from a driver who has been background checked.

Uber Transportation is licensed with the California Secretary of State by Prince Reza Shah, a man in his 70s from Carlsbad. Court documents show Shah was sued in federal court in 2009 by the city of Carlsbad for stealing and using its golf course logo, and trying to profit from it. He lost.

A judge wrote in the findings that Shah's actions were “malicious” and “fraudulent,” and he used the “city's marks in order to cause confusion.”

Records show Shah has also used at least 30 different aliases.  10News called Shah and requested a ride. A reporter asked him if he was Uber.

He said yes and sent a woman to pick us up.

When she arrived and we told her we were with 10News, the driver responded that she was going to go through the Uber app. She claimed she did not know Shah. She said a female friend called her and told her someone needed a ride.

When 10News called Shah and asked to talk to him about using the Uber name, the phone went silent.

An Uber spokeswoman told us their drivers will only respond through the authorized Uber app, never a phone number.

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