Disney World guest loses Apple Watch during ride, leading to $40K in fraudulent credit card charges

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Disney World is known as ‘the happiest place on earth’. Of course, you wouldn’t think it if sweat was dripping from your body in record time thanks to the heat and humidity you’ll experience during a blistering day in the Orlando, Florida area. Another person who would disagree with this assessment of the park is an unnamed woman who visited EPCOT on April 13 when her Apple Watch fell off her wrist; and that was arguably the best part of her day!

A Wretched Day for a Woman at the “Happiest Place on Earth”

According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the woman was driving “The Seas with Nemo & Friends,” a slow-moving ride in the EPCOT area of ​​Disney World. The ride was in an elevated position when the Apple Watch “popped” off her wrist according to: WDW news today

Keep in mind that this was not a cheaper Apple Watch. No, this was a Apple Watch model that you would expect Uncle Scrooge to own, considering it was a Hermès edition worth $1,300. The watch fell through a grated floor and although the owner could see it from the ride she was in, it was frustratingly out of her reach.
The husband (perhaps with the prospect of spending another $1,300 to replace the watch) committed the worst offense on a Disney ride. He got up, jumped off the ride, and tried to grab his wife’s Apple Watch. Now we don’t know if that’s called a Code Dumbo at Disney, but it forced the operators to temporarily shut down the attraction.

A cast member told the couple they couldn’t move while the ride was in motion, but assured the couple that he, too, had seen the location of the Apple Watch and told them it would be returned to the Contemporary Hotel where they were staying. , by Disney employees. But the husband and wife remained nervous because the watch was linked to several credit cards, including an American Express card with an unlimited spending limit.

The Apple Watch will automatically lock when removed from the user’s wrist

The couple filed a report with Disney’s Guest Relations and returned later in the day to see if anyone had returned the timepiece. Nobody had. The report said, “The staff told her they didn’t have the watch.” And then things started to go from bad to worse. The woman told Disney she had received several fraud reports during the day regarding her American Express card. The victim claimed that there was approximately $40,000 in fraudulent charges on the Amex card.

The credit card account was closed and on April 14, the victim contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report the grand theft and her intention to prosecute. Disney security was also notified. Police told her to investigate the fraudulent charges. The sheriff’s report listed the items purchased with the woman’s Amex card linked to her Apple Watch, but this information was redacted.

What makes this story hard to swallow is that once removed from the user’s wrist, an Apple Watch will automatically lock until the correct PIN is entered. Unless a particularly easy-to-guess PIN has been used, a red flag will appear. That’s not to say the credit card number couldn’t be easily obtained through other methods, but this story doesn’t pass the scent test.

There are many red flags in this story and some of you are no doubt wondering if there is more to this story than what we know now. That may seem unfair to the victim, but in this case, the Apple Watch security system, designed to prevent situations like this, makes the story incredible.

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