One hundred car-sharing Benzes stolen in Chicago fraud scheme

Car2Go car-sharing in Chicago on pause following fraud problem

A BMW and Daimler-backed auto sharing program, Share Now (formerly known as Car2Go), has reportedly been hacked and is now missing between 100 and 200 high-end luxury cars from its fleet. The German company has suspended the service in the Windy City as police investigate the crime, and attempt to locate the missing cars.

In addition, Edwards said that 12 people so far are in custody in relation to the fraud and potentially criminal activity.

Police said they are still working to determine if other vehicles are missing, and most of the recoveries appear to be "isolated to the West Side." car2go said the fraud affected 100 of its 400 vehicles in Chicago.

Daimler's Car2Go car-sharing program gives its users the chance to hop into select Mercedes or Smart vehicles for short periods of time, whether it's for a jaunt out of town or just a quick trip to the grocery store.

As of Wednesday, about 100 vehicles were unaccounted for, and it is believed at least 50 Mercedes-Benzes still remain in the Chicago area, police said. He declined to comment on details of the incident due to there being an ongoing police investigation.

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Users attempting to use the service in Chicago Wednesday afternoon were shown an error message saying it is temporarily paused.

Car2Go reassured their customers that this was not a hacking and "no personal or confidential member information has been compromised".

"We are now working with law enforcement to neutralize a fraud issue in Chicago", Car2Go released in a statement.

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

A notice in the company's app says they "will provide an updated as soon as possible".

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