One hundred car-sharing Benzes stolen in Chicago fraud scheme


Share Now is the world's largest car-sharing company, providing a variety of vehicles - from tiny Smart cars, which seat two, to luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Thieves targeted Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing program in Chicago, Illinois. "We are now working with law enforcement to neutralize a fraud issue, isolated to Chicago", said a Car2Go spokesperson in an emailed statement.

An app-based rental auto company has suspended service in Chicago after more than 100 vehicles were stolen through misuse of its mobile application.

CBS reporter Brad Edwards tweeted Wednesday that as many as 100 Mercedes and other high-end cars are missing or have been stolen, and some of these vehicles have been "used in crimes".

The Chicago Police Department said they have been notified about the "deceptive or fraudulent means" that had been used to acquire the vehicles.

His tweet also said numerous crimes had been used to commit crimes and that over 12 people were in custody. The service remains operational outside of Chicago.

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"Out of an abundance of caution and safety for our members we are temporarily pausing our Chicago service", said Kendell Kelton, a company spokeswoman.

"No personal or confidential member information has been compromised".

Car2go's global fleet in January totaled almost 14,000 vehicles in 25 locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

We reached out to the Chicago Police Department for additional details, but received no response as of press time. "The investigation is ongoing", authorities said.

It is yet unclear what the hacking has exactly enabled the perps to do, but the compromised app appears to have opened the doors and given the thieves free rein with easily stolen cars.