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Submitted by GamerEuphoria 522d ago | news

Child Runs Up £3000 Bill Via Free To Play Ipad Games

In what seems to becoming a weekly occurrence, yet another child has run up a huge bill via free to play games on Itunes.

The child in this case, a male aged 13, managed to run up a staggering £3000 + bill on his fathers credit card. The child downloaded more than 300 extras for free to play games. The boy claims to have not known that all these extras incurred charges to his fathers credit card. The father of the child has accused Itunes of ”duping” his son. (iPad, iPhone, iTunes (iOS), Mobile)

Linko64  +   523d ago
How can anyone run up a bill of £3000 and not notice?!!
--Onilink--  +   522d ago
or better yet, how can a 12 (12!!) year old claim such a thing?
Sclavius  +   522d ago
is this the new "go-to" story now, seems like every week we get at least one new story about a kid spending an ungodly amount of money on a "free" game.
GamerEuphoria  +   522d ago
Nope, that's still the whole sexism thing.
dcortz2027  +   522d ago
It's a trap!!
Ritsujun  +   522d ago
You're the trap.
Enigma_2099  +   522d ago
The kid didn't know, yet he knew he needed his dad's credit card?

You can't be that stupid, dad. I think you just can't wring the little monster's neck and get your money back.
plmkoh  +   522d ago
Technically the vendor should refund the money since (at least in my country) a Kid under 16 cannot agree to contracts that aren't 'necessities' without parental/guardian permission. Every time you buy something on the web/app store you agree to a statement, that's the contract.
GamerEuphoria  +   522d ago
Think the fact the account was in the fathers names might counter your point. Not totally sure though
juandren  +   522d ago
I understand your point, but if that is the case and the kid gets refunded, everybody could just start claiming that a 13-year old kid made payments without them knowing. If Apple (or any other company) makes this exception, the floodgates are going to open and they will get 10 000 requests a week. Not going to happen
Veneno  +   522d ago
Its always th3 european kids. I've said it before......
GamerEuphoria  +   522d ago
Might make more of a impact if you didn't have a typo in your comment...
Veneno  +   522d ago
I didn't mean it as a slam. Its just something I noticed. If youre sour about it, all the school shootings happen in my country, the USA.

And I m using my tablet, hence the spelling errors, im well aware that "the" isnt spell3d with numbers, but I dont bother fixing it if its still understandable.
GamerEuphoria  +   522d ago
You're comment came off as being a bit snooty, so i assumed you were would be trying to have a dig. I'm not sour over it, i just dislike any 'us vs them' type comments. Clearly this was a simple misunderstanding.

Our press tends to report these kinds of things often due to the natures of the news paper, not sure if the US has the same kind of news papers so i can't really comment.
guitarded77  +   522d ago
Ewww... iPad games. Could have at least downloaded 3k from Steam, PSN or Live... Hell, even eShop would be a great way to burn through 3k, but I couldn't think of how I would spend 100 on iPad games. BTW, how much memory did they take up?
T2  +   522d ago
Its easy , if you gave your kid your c.c. and told him he could use it for games too bad for you. If however you didnt give permission then too bad for ripoff " free" game company
clintagious650  +   522d ago
I still cant believe ppl actually payed money for stuff on farmville lol. Shows u that u can create pretty much any kind of game & there are ppl who will play it aslong as they have easy access to it & its simple.
delboy  +   522d ago
Don't blame the kid.
It's a stupid parent, trying to buy child love.
Enigma_2099  +   522d ago
Like hell we won't. Dad did something stupid, and the "innocent little child" took full advantage.

Know what I'd do if I was the parent? Sell all his games to pay off the bill... FOR STARTERS. For that matter, in this day and age people are afraid of identity theft, YET PEOPLE TRUST THEIR CREDIT CARDS IN THE HANDS OF 13 YEAR OLD CHILDREN?!?!?
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delboy  +   521d ago
You're not a Father I can tell.
First off it's stupid to setup a credit card info on any device without double password protection.
That Kid is innocent, all he did was pressing yes/continue in a game menus, something that little kids do when playing games.
Enigma_2099  +   521d ago
Why... in the hell... would you give your 13 year old son... your credit card?!?! Answer me that, "father of the year!" I don't have to be a dad to see how frickin' stupid that is!!!

Second, double password protection, schmouble password protection! Credit card information has to be submitted just so they can charge the d*** card anyway! So you tell me how the messiah of charge cards can oh so innocently rack up a bill that large by just pushing a button! They're already using cell phones and computers, you don't think he's smart enough to figure out a god **** credit card?!?! Use your frickin' head!!!

And don't think for a second I'm absolving the parent of guilt here. There isn't a 13 year old in the world that can MAKE me hand over my credit card, so I don't know what the hell his problem is!
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