Seven Year Old Spends Nearly $6,000 On Mobile Game Without His Father Knowing

by Javy Gwaltney on Jan 02, 2016 at 05:48 AM

Mohamed Shugaa was surprised when his bank card was declined after trying to pay off some business expenses. When he checked his account, he found a number of iTunes transactions that added up to £3,911.

It turned out that Shugaa's son, Faisall, had racked up the bill playing playing Jurassic World: The Game and purchasing Dino Bucks, in-game currency used to buy upgrades.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Shugaa said that he didn't know his son knew the password to his iPad and "Faisall is only seven and doesn't understand the real value of money and what the payments in the game involved." 

[Source: The Telegraph]

Our Take

This is a terrible situation to be in and serves as yet another cautionary tale about children and in-app purchases in games and why disabling in-app purchases for your mobile devices if you have young children.