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A Disney World visitor dubiously claims she was the victim of credit card fraud worth over $40,000, after she dropped her Apple Watch during a Disney World ride.
Although stories of lost or misplaced Apple devices are common, it is rare for device owners to lose large sums due to loss. In a report on an April 13 trip to Disney World in Florida, an Apple Watch owner claims just that.
According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office seen by WDW News Today, a park guest lost her Apple Watch on The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. At a time when the ride was in an elevated position, the guest dropped the Apple Watch Hermes Edition through a grated floorboard on the ride.
The report claims that the woman’s husband got off the ride to try to retrieve the Apple Watch, prompting operators to stop the ride. A cast member from the park then asked the couple to stay in the ride while it was in motion and assured them that it would be taken back to their hotel.
After filing an incident report with Disney Guest Relations, the woman was informed that staff did not have the watch.
Complicating the incident, the woman began to receive fraud alerts for her credit card. She says multiple credit cards were loaded onto the Apple Watch, including an American Express card with unlimited credit.
The fraud alerts reportedly totaled $40,000 in charges to his card. Upon hearing this, the woman then closed the credit cards involved.
A report was later made to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on April 14, with police telling the woman to speak to her card issuers to learn more about the fraudulent charges for a full investigation. The report does not reveal the victim’s name or any details about where the money was allegedly spent.
While it’s plausible that the woman ended up with $40,000 in charges on her credit card, it seems unlikely that it was caused by the loss of the Apple Watch.
As an Apple Watch automatically locks for security reasons after being removed from a wrist, the correct PIN code would be required to unlock it before a payment could be made. Unless the code is an extremely easy to guess number, it is unlikely that the code can be entered correctly without any clues in a few tries.
There could be other explanations for the fraud taking place, such as the traditional types involving card details, card cloning and theft.