Lost Apple Watch cost US woman US$40,000 after falling off on Disney ride - report

  • 24/05/2022
Disney's Epcot Center
One of the credit cards linked to the watch had an unlimited line of credit. Photo credit: Getty Images

A woman in the United States says she lost her Apple Watch during a ride at Disney's EPCOT centre - and it cost her US$40,000 (NZ$62,000) in fraudulent transactions.

According to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office and website WDW News Today the woman was playing with the watch on her wrist while on The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride.

While it was in an elevated position the Apple Hermès watch, worth around NZ$2000, fell off and through the floor of the attraction.

The woman could see her watch but wasn't able to reach it, prompting her husband to jump off the slow-moving ride while it was still moving.

That caused operators to stop the ride, with the family then getting a warning from an employee, reminding them that jumping off the ride wasn't allowed.

According to the report, the employee said they were able to see the watch and it would be returned to the woman at the Disney resort hotel they were staying at.

Unfortunately that didn't happen, with staff advising her when she returned to claim it that they did not have the watch, which was linked to "several" credit cards via the Apple Pay system.

That included an American Express card with unlimited credit, the website said. That's when the fraud started.

She said she had received "several fraud alerts throughout the course of the day on her Amex card", forcing her to shut down the cards associated with the watch.

"According to the victim, there was approximately $40,000 of fraudulent charges on her card," the report said.

The woman wanted the fraudster charged and reported the theft to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. They told her to research the charges to help authorities track where the card was being used, the website said.

The woman's identity was redacted on the sheriff's report, which also gave no indication of what the $40,000 was spent on or how the thief managed to activate Apple Pay.