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Fraud at the Magic Kingdom

Emily Crone

Most people who visit Disney resorts come away with pleasant memories and fulfilled dreams. Sadly, some recent visitors experienced something less magical: financial losses to the tune of $11,000.

Orlando’s news station WESH reports that nine Walt Disney World Resort guests recently fell for a credit card scam.

Here’s what happened: The guests received phone calls in their resort rooms from a man impersonating a Disney employee. The guests were told they “had been chosen to receive tickets to the Hoop Dee Doo revue for $20 each,” but would have to give their credit card information to hold the tickets.

Linda Clark, one of the victims, said her credit card was charged for $1,500 of Disney tickets, but she never saw them. Between Clark and eight other guests who were scammed, a total of $11,000 was fraudulently charged on credit cards.

A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated in the WESH article that the scam may have been pulled off by a rogue Disney employee. A Disney spokeswoman said the company has put information in the guest rooms reminding them to protect their credit card information, and letting them know that Disney employees will never contact them by phone to ask for credit card information.

Fortunately for the nine guests who fell for the scam, Disney negotiated with their credit card companies and was able to get the money credited back to their accounts. Remember: Never give out your credit card information on unsolicited phone calls, even if it sounds like it’s coming from a company you trust.

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