MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – More victims are coming forward, claiming a Murfreesboro woman owes thousands of dollars for Disney World vacations she booked, promising a discounted rate.
The woman wrote several checks to some of the victims Monday, but they were disappointed when they went to the bank.
One of the victims who didn’t want to be identified told News 2 she took the check to the bank expecting to get her nearly $3,000 only to be told it couldn’t be cashed.
“They told me they were unable to cash the check because the account was on hold pending a fraud investigation,” the victim said by phone. “I was hopeful, but at this point, nothing has worked out like it said it would.”
She wasn’t alone.
“There was no way we would have thought it was capable of being this large,” she said.
The victims reached out to Disney and apparently they are familiar with the woman, who told the victims she could book their vacations using a relative’s cast member discount.
“I have called Disney and I’ve cancelled reservation that we had with her,” the victim said. “One of the other victims called Disney and they knew her name right off the bat and said there were over 200 Disney clients attached to this lady’s name.”
Victim Bethany Grove also received a check. She didn’t even get a chance to try and cash it before hearing the account was frozen.
“It’s definitely discouraging in the fact that someone could do this to kids and other families is really frustrating,” Grove said. “It started out as just trying to be a friend and help other families, but she got way in over her head.”
The victims told News 2 the woman is the one who approached them about the discounted Disney trip offering a $5,700 trip for $3,500.
Another victim News 2 spoke with was able to cash the check the woman gave her shortly after the account was flagged.
The victims said a man from an Alabama church reached out to them and said 40 people in his congregation also booked trips with the Murfreesboro woman.
Many were supposed to be taking the trip this week but couldn’t because they didn’t have extra money to pay the unpaid balance.
Murfreesboro police is investigating the local cases. If you feel you may have been a victim, give them a call at 615-893-1311.