Three Florida men have been charged in a free vacation scheme at Walt Disney World. The men, Joseph Geiger, Robert Falk and Steven Nero, allegedly racked up more that $15,000 in one month alone and never paid for them.
The scam took advantage of a loophole in the Walt Disney World reservation system. Investegators say they would book a hotel room with a valid credit card and then when they arrived they would charge the room to a pre-paid debit card that was worth only $1 to $2. They would then visit the parks and charge tickets and other expenses to their rooms. They would stay below the limits set by Disney so they could go unnoticed and then leave before the charges caught up with them or Cast Members noticed.
According to The Daily Mail, Falk came up with the scheme after visiting Walt Disney World on a trip that he actually paid for. Authorities were notified after a Cigar store worker alerted Disney security that the men were purchasing large amounts cigarettes at one time. Disney security then notified police which then lead to their arrest.
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