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There’s been another case of a child using their parents’ credit card to spend a massive amount of money on microtransactions. Roy Dobson, from Chorley in Lancashire, UK, discovered that his 11-year-old son Alfie spent almost £6000 (around $7465) on in-app purchases over the course of just two weekends.
Dobson had linked his family iTunes account to his credit card, unwittingly allowing Alfie to spend £99 on more than 50 microtransactions using the iPad. He spent £700 in less than five minutes, then £1,100 in half an hour, all on the same game.
"He's bought things in the past for 99p or £1.49, but he's always asked and then he saw this at £99 and was just curious as to what you would get for £99,” said Alfie’s mother, Jill, who added that he’s only allowed to play on the tablet during weekends.
"It was just to get better in the game, there's nothing to show for it, I didn't even know you could buy things for £99. It's scary. He said the game was that good he couldn't stop, but he only thought he pressed it a few times."
Thankfully for the family, Apple has agreed to refund them the money that Alfie spent. The Cupertino company didn’t comment on the case, but it did recommend using parental controls and its Ask to Buy feature to monitor kids’ spending.
In early 2016, an Ontario teenager spent almost $8000 on microtransactions in one of the FIFA games over the course of a month. He used his father’s convenience store credit card and claims to have had no idea he was racking up the charges.