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2 Accused In Credit Card Scam At Universal
Credit Card Scam Busted At Universal Studios
Posted: 5:57 pm EDT June 12, 2011
Updated: 7:45 am EDT June 13, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Police said they arrested two people for using fake credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of tickets to Universal Studios.
Police said 19-year-old Joan Rodriguez de la Torre, and 21-year-old Isabel Rodriguez-Nazario, were involved in a major scheme to defraud Universal Studios out of thousands of dollars in tickets.
The couple told police a man approached them about the scheme at a gas station in Miami and offered to pay them $30 for every ticket they bought at Universal Studios with fake credit cards.
On Friday, the couple drove up to Orlando and successfully purchased 30 tickets and sold 23 of them that day, some at local motels and others on Craigslist.
People near the theme park said they're not shocked at the scheme because of the economy.
"People will do anything to make money, its kind of ridiculous," said Amanda Cullen, who was visiting the park on Saturday.
The suspects tried the scheme again and on Saturday they were able to buy 40 tickets, but Universal employees became suspicious because the couple was bouncing from ticket booth to ticket booth and the fake credit cards wouldn't scan correctly, according to police.
Officers searched the suspects' car and found $1,400 in cash, merchandise and a GPS system that were all bought with the fake credit cards, police said.
Copyright 2011 by wftv.com.
For Harry Potter probably, who knows?
And how stupid were these women, did they not think they would notice them jumping from booth to booth? Only people from Miami
Seriously? This is one of the stupidest things I've heard in a while!
Ten minutes? We'll be Shark bait in ten minutes!!
Probaly but why not Disney those are harder to get for most people due to money.
Universal is tough on CC fraud. I saw a soda vendor refuse to sell something to a young couple and their young child once over a credit card. I got the sense that it wasn't that it wouldn't go through... but something caused the vendor to suspect credit fraud. I have never witnessed such scrutiny at Disney. On the other hand Uni security is more police like and Disney security is more Mall-Cop. I find Mall-Cop security seriously offensive as it treats one like a murderer for a misguided minor infraction. Uni security is tough nuts on the right people and leaves the good to go on their way. Seems the same goes for their general sales staff.
Good to see these crooks get caught!