Six-year-old spends over $16K online using mom’s credit card

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • In an interview with Good Morning America, a mother of two shared her experience about her son who racked up $16,293.10 on her credit card over reward rings for an Ipad game.
  • Jessica Johnson from Wilton said her six-year-old son must have been able to charge her credit card due to an Ipad setting.
  • She told GMA that she discovered the incident after noticing various charges repeatedly appearing on her July bank statements.

A boy, 6, from Connecticut spent more than $16,000 on an Ipad video game over the summer using his mother’s credit card.

Jessica Johnson, mother of two, whose Paypal account was connected to the Ipad, spoke in an interview with Good Morning America saying her son George  bought $16,293.10 worth of rings for the game Sonic Forces from Apple App Store, and charging it all to her credit card.

Johnson, a real estate broker, said she alerted all moms through Facebook about the incident to prevent this from happening from them in the future.

“It’s unfortunate, because we’re all in a pandemic, we’re all working from home. We are working really hard to keep our kids entertained while getting work done. We’re [sometimes] inclined to say, ‘Here, take the iPad.’ I think, clearly, it backfired in my case.”

Johnson told GMA the discovery stemmed from a July 9 bank statement that showed the same charge of $106.34 appearing a dozen times in a row as well as other charges of $53.16 and another that cost between $200 to $600.

After informing her bank of the activity, she was told in October that she should pay for the charges and try contacting Apple as well. 

Apple eventually agreed to refund her a portion of the money which amounted to $10,553.86, she said.

Johnson believed that her Ipad settings must have had a one-time password entry that’s why her son was able to charge her credit card.

“I didn’t realize there was a setting where the child could continue to buy without the password after a certain amount of time. There are various settings that now I’m learning about,” she told GMA.

Following the incident, Johnson said that she decided to buy a game console for her children to play with instead and even changed all her passwords. She added that she did not go overboard in scolding her 6-year-old for what happened, saying he was very apologetic about it.

“You think about the part of losing the money, but you never think about the kid … them being afraid of getting in trouble.”

Source: PEOPLE

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