What You Need to Ask Your Uber Driver to Stay Safe and “What’s My Name Campaign”

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides is launching a nationwide “What’s My Name” campaign, urging students to be vigilant when scheduling rides home.

After University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was killed by a man police say she mistook for her Uber driver, the president of the school is pleading with students who use the ride-sharing app. Police said Samantha Josephson climbed into the backseat of a stranger’s car that she mistook for her Uber ride, and the driver likely stabbed her to death. University President Harris Pastides is launching a nationwide “What’s My Name” campaign, urging students to be vigilant when scheduling rides home.

IF THE UBER DRIVER DOESN’T KNOW YOUR NAME, DON’T GET IN THE VEHICLE.

ALWAYS READ THE CAR’S LICENSE PLATE TO MATCH IT WITH INFORMATION FROM YOUR RIDE SHARING SERVICE.

GO OUT IN PUBLIC WITH A SOBER FRIEND IF YOU INTEND TO DRINK BECAUSE YOU ARE LESS LIKELY TO ASK IF THE DRIVER KNOWS YOUR NAME OR CHECK THE LICENSE PLATE IF YOU’RE DRUNK.

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Police say Samantha Josephson thought she was getting into an Uber when the alleged killer locked the car doors. Nathaniel Rowland was charged Saturday for her murder.

Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old University of South Carolina senior, was found dead in a field about 14 hours after getting into a vehicle she mistakenly thought was her Uber, police in Columbia, South Carolina said. CNN’s Dianne Gallagher has the latest developments.

Hunters found Josephson’s body 90 miles away after she got into a vehicle in front of a bar known as “The Bird Dog” in the Five Points neighborhood of night club and bars in Columbia, South Carolina. Josephson’s body was found in a remote location with multiple stab wounds from a sharp object. A security caught a video image of Samantha Josephson getting in a Chevy Impala on a street near the bar in the Five Points neighborhood. Nathanial David Rowland has been charged with kidnapping and murder in the Samantha Josephson case.

Police found the Chevy Impala, while being driven by the suspect. The suspect was arrested at a traffic stop with the Chevy Impala. Police found blood, bleach and other cleaners inside the Chevy Impala.

Samantha Josephson, homicide victim
Samantha Josephson, homicide victim (SOURCE: Personal Photo acquired by ABC News).