Car services have become a major godsend and guilty pleasure for anyone in need of a ride, but they can also be extremely unsafe. Sadly, many have taken advantage of these apps, knowing that people will basically ride in cars with virtual strangers to get to where they need to go. (In April, a Seattle woman was sexually assaulted by a man pretending to be an Uber driver. That same month, a woman in South Carolina was found dead after getting into a car that she thought was her Uber.)
Over the weekend, Lili Reinhart had a pretty scary experience with a man posing as a driver, and now she’s encouraging all her followers to be extra careful.
The Riverdale actress took to Twitter to recount her experience, and it might sound uncomfortably familiar to some. She tweeted, “PSA: I was just ushered to a car by someone posing to be an airport cab/Uber driver.” Lili said she thought it was her driver, so she walked toward his car with him but soon after realized he wasn’t who he said he was. She continued, “I got to his car and there were absolutely no signs that he was a professional service driver.”
Luckily, Lili took note of how he didn’t have any of those Uber or Lyft stickers in his window and refused to get in. She added, “Please pay attention and make smart decisions out there....Seriously...please be careful out there. You don’t have to be nice or worry about being rude. Trust your gut. It could save you.”
This is obviously incredibly terrifying and everyone’s worst nightmare, so always be sure to check the license plate number and car description, make sure the name and photo match who is driving the car, and check for signs—like Lili did—before getting in.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.