Nearly $6000 turned into Dino Bucks on iTunes
When Mohamed Shugaa checked his account balance after his credit card was rejected, he surely was surprised about the big red numbers. His son Faisall spent £3,911 on a mobile game called Jurassic World. During this video game players create their own dinosaur park and let their dinos fight each other. In order to boost the progress of the park drastically you can use ‘Dino Bucks’ which can be mostly obtained by purchasing them with real money.
As soon as Mr Shugaa could not make another payment in the actual world, he rang his bank. He was not aware of more than 60 transactions to iTunes totalling almost £4,000. He said:
“I was so mad. I’m 32 years old, why would Apple think I would be spending thousands of pounds on buying dinosaurs and upgrading a game?”
“Faisall is only seven, he doesn’t understand the real value of money and what the payments in the game involved.” (www.telegraph.co.uk)
In order to perform an In-App Purchase the iTunes account details are required – apparently his son knew the password. Mr Shugaa is furious that Apple did not notify him of the purchases. He states that he didn’t receive a single email and tried to contact them via telephone.
It’s unknown what is going to happen, however Apple provides a built in parental controls system that allow restricting access to any content, including the ability to In-App Purchases. If you allow your children to use your Smartphone or Tablet, please remember to activate these parental controls. But most importantly, don’t share your password with anyone!
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