Stolen credit card buys entire wedding aboard yacht

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ESTERO - An Estero woman she said she bought a Groupon voucher for $60 to have her carpets cleaned but ended up paying for somebody's extravagant wedding.

The woman says her credit card number was stolen which resulted in more than $30,000 in charges-including a yacht rental.

Groupon is a popular deal-of-the-day website that offers discounts on local businesses in your area.

According to reports, the day of the scheduled carpet cleaning, the victim told deputies a woman named "Melinda" showed up. "Melinda" told the victim that she still owed sales tax because Groupon forgot to add it.

The victim was told to call the company so the sales tax could be charged to her card. She did as advised, and that's when she says bizarre charges began to show up.

According to reports, a few miscellaneous charges from the carpet cleaning company showed up initially. However, the victim didn't know there were other charges pending that would show up on next month's bill.

Those included airfare to Miami, tuxedo rentals and a $15,000 yacht rental used to host a wedding.

"It's not everyday someone has a credit card stolen and used to put on a wedding. I haven't seen anything through Groupon or any coupon thing such as this," said fraud specialist Beth Schell.

The victim would not talk because she's in a lawsuit with the yacht company. Since the wedding took place, Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters wants to be paid for the rental use.

According to reports, she told the company her credit card had been stolen, but she never filed a report with the sheriff's office.

She did file a report with her credit card company, however. Her credit card company told her she didn't have to pay for the fraudulent charges and wiped them clean.

The lawsuit is currently pending.

Fraud specialists say if this happens to you, file a report right away.

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