A MAN has accused an Uber driver of stealing his mobile phone despite his frantic calls to have it returned.
Humza Khan, 30, said he had just got out of the Uber after a night out in central London when he realised he had left his new Samsung phone in the backseat.
He said he reached back into the vehicle to try and retrieve his brand new Samsung Galaxy from the backseat but was left stunned when the Uber driver quickly sped off, with the passenger door slamming closed as it left his Wembley home.
The distraught passenger then used his friend’s phone to contact the driver but claims the driver picked up and simply replied: “I don’t have your phone” before hanging up and refusing to pick up again.
Humza told The Sun Online: “I was quite shocked, it’s just been a nightmare.”
The young man said he had been on his way home from the night out when his phone was taken just over a week ago.
He says his Uber drama began earlier in the night after he made a booking and discovered soon after that it had been cancelled – with his account still being charged £5.
He said: “I was resolving it in the backseat of the Uber, which dropped my friend off at her home first.
“As I was dropped off, I got out and turned back and I saw my phone was in the backseat and the door was open.
“I tried to reach in and grab it but he put his foot down and drove off.”
He said he had since desperately been trying to contact Uber but after multiple attempts, he was finally told to send an email.
Mr Khan, who works in asset management, said: “I’m just afraid that he’s intentionally done this and turned my phone off straight away.
“Who knows where it is now.”
He said he has proof, which The Sun has seen, that he had been using his phone, during the Uber trip on Thursday night.
Humza said: “All they did was to ask him whether he had it – that’s not good enough.”
As well as claiming the Uber driver made off with his phone, Mr Humza said his friend was also concerned that she had been overcharged for the trip from St Paul’s to Wembley, after having to fork out £58.49 for the journey.
He said: “We had done this trip various times before it’s never been this expensive.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police in Brent Borough are investigating an allegation of the theft of a mobile phone.
“The allegation was made to police on 28 January at a north London police station and relates to a mobile phone being left in a private hire vehicle following a journey to Oldborough Road, Wembley on 26 into 27 January.
“There have been no arrests at this time and enquiries are ongoing.”
An Uber spokesperson said they had spoken to the driver, who said he did not have the phone.
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