Skip to comments.Five-year-old runs up £1,700 iPad bill in ten minutes
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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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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
Nothing as expensive as free.