Games like League of Legends (LoL), Fortnite and FIFA offer several items that can be purchased for real money. Whether skins (personalised clothes for characters and weapons) or ” loot boxes” (boxes with random items). The items are very desired by players, and they invest large amounts in them. But some purchases have gained prominence in the community for being made by children without their parents’ authorisation. Children have spent thousands of dollars from their parent’s pocket and in this article we will look at some of the most interesting cases.
1,000 Euros in Fortnite skins
That case happened in 2018 in Bridgend, Wales, and it didn’t have a happy ending. Only 10 years old at the time, Jaydon-Lee spent exactly 1,193.25 euros to carry out micro-transactions in Fortnite. The discovery came after the minor’s mother, Cleo Duckett, noticed the debit directly from his bank account.
When seeking help to deal with the situation, the bank refused to refund the amount, claiming that Jaydon-Lee was his responsibility. To make the situation even worse, the amount got her bankrupt, forcing her to pay interest to the financial institution. Despite all the problems, Cleo Duckett defended his son by saying that he did not know what he was doing.
550 Euros for Messi
In July 2019, Thomas Carter found that his four children. All under the age of 10, cleared his bank account in three weeks by buying player packs in FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team mode. A resident of Hampshire, UK, Carter discovered the children’s action after your card is declined when trying to make a purchase.
The children spent 550 euros on various packages in order to get Lionel Messi, one of the best players in FIFA. The transactions were made through the family account on Nintendo Switch, and the company offered to refund the full amount of the payments. Despite the happy ending for the father, the children had their console confiscated indefinitely.
1,600 Euros in a single day
This case happened in Manchester, England, in 2019. Alex, 6, had just won a PlayStation 4 for Christmas. To ensure his nephew’s fun, Murad Asad, 27, signed in with his account so the boy could have games. Despite making it clear that no purchase was to be made, the self-employed worker woke up and was shocked to see that 1,600 euros had disappeared from his account.
Upon contacting Sony, the company said it could not refund it, as the transactions did not fall under the crime of fraud. Murad lost part of the money he was collecting to buy a new home, but said his nephew would pay it off little by little.
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