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Old 06-08-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Disney World Scammers Scored Four Years of Free Vacations - DailyFinance
Has anyone heard any more about this story? It's unreal! What the heck were they thinking?
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Oh good grief! No more magic for them now!
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What were they thinking? For four years, probably, "This is working well!" But, like Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

The scam has to have been a bit more elaborate than as described in the article. It seems a little bit too easy, considering the "deposit" card is always swiped. If it can't support the spending limit, they know immediately. There are many techniques grifters use to confuse cashiers and clerks. I suspect that had something to do with it, too, but I doubt Disney or the police want to give other scam artists lessons in how to do it.
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They don't look like the typical Mouseketeer...glad I did not meet them in the parks...
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Wow because of losers like them I could see WDW start actually placing a hold on your card for charges, when you check in. Such a shame people like that have to ruin things for the honest ones.
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Unreal - I hate people who ruin good things for the rest of us - they are personally responsible for price increases and things like the new ADR res system where credit cards are required. I hope they rot in jail.
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Wow. I'm staggered they got away with that for so long.
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Wow. I'm staggered they got away with that for so long.
I was thinking the exact same thing!
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I thought you could only charge a certain limit (say $1000) to your KTTW card and then you had to pay before continuing to rack up any further charges?
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They don't look like the typical Mouseketeer...glad I did not meet them in the parks...
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Wow! I guess they'll look silly in jail when everyone finds out what they are in for lol ...."you did what?" lol Stupid trash like that messes stuff up for good hard working people!
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