New Florida Law Signed by DeSantis Safeguards Disney World Guests From Future Scams

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues solidifying his partnership with Walt Disney World Resort. A new Florida Bill signed into law will protect select Disney World guests from future scams.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs New Bill Safeguarding Select Disney World Guests From Scams

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure (SB 556) that permits banks to postpone withdrawing funds if employees suspect that seniors or other “vulnerable” adults are at risk of financial exploitation. Proponents of the bill emphasized its necessity during this year’s legislative session, citing the prevalence of scams targeting seniors to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

The bill, introduced by Senator Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), highlights that “many persons in this state, because of age or disability, are at increased risk of financial exploitation and loss of their assets, funds, investments, and investment accounts.

The Legislature further finds that specified adults in this state are at a statistically higher risk of being targeted for financial exploitation, regardless of diminished capacity or other disability, because they accumulated substantial assets and wealth compared to younger age groups.” Effective January 1, the new law allows banks to delay disbursement of funds if specific procedures are followed.

Banks must provide written notification to all individuals authorized to conduct transactions on the accounts and any “trusted contact” listed on the accounts, except for those suspected of exploitation.

Additionally, the law grants legal immunity to banks that act in “good faith” when delaying the withdrawal of funds. This new bill will ensure select Walt Disney World Resort guests are safeguarded from potential scammers, who try to scam the elderly with false advertisements on theme park tickets, merchandise, or Resort hotel rooms from third-party vendors.

Governor DeSantis is coming down from being a Republican Presidential candidate, who is now fully endorsing former President Donald Trump, which led to Gov DeSantis enacting new bills into law.

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How the New Bill Will Keep Some WDW Guests Safe From Potential Scammers

The newly signed law (SB 556) by Governor Ron DeSantis aims to protect seniors and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation, which extends to various scenarios, including transactions with third-party vendors for theme park tickets or merchandise.

Here’s how it enhances safety for select Disney World guests. By allowing banks to delay withdrawals if exploitation is suspected, the law helps to prevent unauthorized transactions initiated by scammers posing as legitimate vendors.

If a senior or vulnerable adult attempts to make a suspicious purchase, such as theme park tickets or merchandise from an unverified third-party vendor, the bank can halt the transaction until its legitimacy is confirmed. The requirement for banks to notify all authorized individuals and “trusted contacts” on the accounts ensures an added layer of verification.

If a senior guest at Disney World is targeted by a scammer, the delay and notification process allows trusted contacts to intervene and verify the transaction, reducing the likelihood of falling victim to fraud.

With legal immunity granted to banks acting in “good faith,” financial institutions are encouraged to take proactive measures without fear of legal repercussions. This creates a more vigilant banking environment, where suspicious activities, such as unusual purchases from unfamiliar vendors, are more likely to be scrutinized and halted if necessary. The law’s implementation could also increase awareness among seniors and their families about the risks of financial exploitation.

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As banks take steps to protect vulnerable customers, they may also provide educational resources, alerting guests to the dangers of purchasing theme park tickets or merchandise from non-official sources. This legislation empowers banks to safeguard against financial scams, protecting Disney World guests, especially seniors and vulnerable adults, from fraudulent third-party vendors.

Disney World stands to benefit from the new Florida law (SB 556) signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, which aims to protect seniors and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.

Disney World can enhance the overall guest experience by reducing the likelihood of financial scams targeting seniors and vulnerable adults. When guests feel secure in their transactions, whether purchasing tickets or merchandise, their confidence in visiting and spending at the park increases. This added layer of protection helps maintain Disney World’s reputation as a safe and family-friendly destination.

This partnership could result in more robust security measures and shared best practices, safeguarding guests from financial exploitation. Overall, the Florida law enhances the economic security of Disney World guests, particularly seniors and vulnerable adults, by preventing scams and unauthorized transactions. This improves the guest experience, helps protect Disney World’s brand integrity, and encourages a collaborative approach to combating financial fraud.

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