Six year old boy spends over Rs 11 lakhs from mom’s account on iPad, Apple denies refund

Dealing with your kids can be difficult sometimes, specially in this growing age of technology. While the kids today call themselves tech-savy, they often end up getting their parents in huge losses and damages. A lot of times parents become a victim of financial loss not because of any fraud but because of their adorable yet notorious kids.

An Apple user Jessica Johnson was in for a rude shock when she discovered that $16,000 (Rs 11 lakh approximately) was paid to Apple from her account. She did not become a victim of debit or credit card fraud. But, it was her six-year-old son George Johnson who was busy making in-app purchases on Apple App Store.


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According to a report by New York Post, 41-year-old Jessica was shocked when she found out that her six-year-old son has made in-app purchases worth $16000 on Apple App Store using his iPad. Jessica discovered that the transactions were actually made in the month of July this year. This happened when George had started using the iPad for his games and bought add-ons on the games.

Specially on July 8, her account was debited 25 times with around $ 2,500(Rs 1.8 lakh approximately). Failing to understand how it happened, Jessica thought that she has been duped by the hackers and filed a fraud claim. Although, she was later informed that the purchases were made from her account and she was not duped by anybody else.

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But, when Jessica reached out to Apple asking them to refund the money, she was denied the claim as she did not claim it within 60 days. In fact, Apple refused to return the claim even when Jessica told them that because of the difference in her bank account she would not be able to pay her family’s mortgage. Although, Apple did question her for not activating parental controls but she said that she was not aware of any of those.

by Vidhutma Singhania | Wed, Dec 16 - 05:06 PM

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