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Five-year-old runs up 1,700 iPad bill in ten minutes
Telegraph UK ^ | March 1 , 2013

Posted on 03/03/2013 8:16:42 AM PST by SMGFan

Danny Kitchen had asked for the passcode for the device so that he could download a game, Zombie v Ninja, from the Apple store.

Greg and Sharon Kitchen eventually agreed and left their son alone with the tablet computer as they entertained friends at their home in Warmley, near Bristol.

But after downloading the free app Danny found his way into the game's online store and innocently ordered dozens of costly add-ons - totalling £1,710.43. His mother knew nothing about his spending spree until she saw a batch of emails from iTunes the following day listing what he had bought. Her credit card company then phoned to query the payments - and Mrs Kitchen, 44, realised what had happened.

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In Fed Gov't he's a piker.
1 posted on 03/03/2013 8:16:50 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan
That's a great reason to use prepaid cards for your phone account instead of letting it have access to your credit or checking accounts.

Some Chinese hacker got into my iTunes account once but was only able to steal about $25 (which I even got refunded). He could have stolen a lot more with unlimited acciunt access.

2 posted on 03/03/2013 8:28:12 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: SMGFan

And the morals of the story (that won’t be learned):

1) Keep junior off of the Internet, at least until high school

2) Keep junior clear of video games


3 posted on 03/03/2013 8:30:20 AM PST by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: SMGFan
"It was far too easy a thing for him to do and more should be done to limit stuff like this from happening.

This nitwit parent gives the kid the passcode, then complains that it's Apple's fault (Bush's fault?) when the kid can download apps. Sort of like giving a kid the combination to a safe and then wondering why the safe provides such lousy protection against theft.

4 posted on 03/03/2013 8:30:37 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: SMGFan
in today's vernamcular--this is so duh!

shame on the parents... you cannot be too preoccupied with visitors to not be aware of your 5-year old's doings... giving him the code and letting him download the app himself? neither parent could take the few seconds to download the app for him? personally, i would not let my 5-year old play with my ipad alone... but if they are going to do that, they should do it purposefully... i would be embarrassed to share this story... it would stay between me and my hubby...

5 posted on 03/03/2013 8:49:42 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: KarlInOhio

I do the same with Skype and iTunes. I Ad 10 to 15 dollars at a time. My skype account was cleaned out of $9.00 once.


6 posted on 03/03/2013 9:58:52 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Flick Lives
Sort of reminds me of a Doonesbury arc in the early days of e-commerce.

A shopping site sent virtual reality shopping goggles to one of the characters, and all she had to do was point to a product to buy it.

7 posted on 03/03/2013 10:30:45 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SMGFan

Nothing as expensive as free.


8 posted on 03/03/2013 11:08:23 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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