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Fake Uber drivers allegedly coax female passengers into cars

In two separate incidents, college students are allegedly lured into cars by men posing as drivers for the ride-hailing service.

Uber requires all rides to be hailed through its smartphone app. Uber

Texas police are searching for a man who allegedly lured two female college students into his car by posing as an Uber driver, a potential black eye for a ride-hailing service that has seen some of its drivers accused of assault.

Texas Christian University police say a man picked up the two students at 2 a.m. Sunday after claiming his fare didn't show up, according to CBS's Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate. The man then allegedly "initiated inappropriate conversations" with the women and tried to hug one of them, according to CBS.

Uber pairs drivers with passengers via a smartphone app. Unlike taxis, however, most Uber rides take place in drivers' personal cars.

An Uber spokesperson declined to comment on the incident but said the San Francisco-based company prohibits drivers from picking up passengers who haven't ordered cars through its app. The app records identifying information, such as the driver's name, and tracks the car via GPS.

The Texas incident follows a similar occurrence last month in Tallahassee, Florida. A 35-year-old man was arrested after allegedly saying he was an Uber driver and picked up a 19-year-old college student outside of a dorm around 1 a.m., according to the Tallahassee Democrat. He then allegedly demanded sexual favors from the student and chased her when she fled from the car.

A small number of Uber's active drivers have also been accused of attacking passengers in the US and overseas. Incidents have been reported in California, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts and several other states, as well as in the UK, France, Australia, India and China.

Many of the incidents involved female passengers, some of whom were allegedly raped.