In an attempt to draw in new members and make it easier to sign-up, the car-sharing service Car2Go waived the manual back-ground check. In Chicago, this resulted in fraud and the theft of 75 higher-end cars – Mercedes CLA sedans and GLA sport utility vehicles.
A group of thieves claimed the vehicles as their own and Car2Go employees were unable to retrieve the vehicles.
Chicago Police were enlisted to assist in the recovery of the vehicles, many of which were stripped of doors, seats and other parts. Car2Go quickly reverted to manually reviewing new accounts and hasn’t had any serious issues since then.
Read the article at Bloomberg Business Week.