Grampa Billed €37,000 for Teen’s Purchases in Free-to-Play Game

Grampa Billed €37,000 for Teen’s Purchases in Free-to-Play Game

It’s every parent’s nightmare when they give their kids an iPad: a young teen dropped over €37,000 – $46,000 – for in-app purchases in “Game of War: Fire Age.”

Belgian news site Niewsblad reported the issue, adding that it was the teen’s grandfather that had received the bill.

The teen’s mother asked for help setting up her tablet so that it can purchase and download ebooks; revealing her credit card information in the process.

The child then proceeded to link that credit card to the child’s iTunes account and promptly bought 9.2 million gold in the game’s virtual store for €37,000.

The mother claims that the child did not know there was real money involved in the purchases, but those claims are dodgy at best.

After all, do you really think someone could go through the hoops of linking a credit card to an iTunes account and then not know that there’s real money involved?

The Federal Trade Commission as well as the Europe’s Consumer Protection Cooperation Network may be taking steps to minimize cases like this, but the responsibility of policing in-app purchases still lies within the owners of devices.

This very useful article from PhoneArena.com sheds light on how parents and guardians can block in-app purchases with passwords.

Got a similar horror story of your own to share?

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*Image courtesy of “BimXD” at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Efren has been writing ghost-writing web content, from articles to e-books, for over five years. He now serves as a contributor of gaming-related news to News for Shoppers. An avid PC gamer for the past ten or so years, Efren now takes his passion for those games and helps dig up news not only on the biggest developments in the sector but also the hidden gems that deserve a bit more attention than they're getting. He is also an avid bargain-hunter of ebooks, and is keen on promoting indie authors with great fantasy and sci-fi stories to share.