Boy Empties His Mothers Bank Account Buying Fifa Coins

/ 1 year ago

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As a teenager, we have all likely run up a bill for our parents of some form or another. For myself, it was the internet back in the days of ‘dial-up pay-as-you-go’. At 13 years old, having a £80 phone bill come through which was pretty much entirely my own internet usage was a bit stomach turning. The worst part was that of that £80, £60 was probably spent just waiting for things to download. Fortunately, after making me stew on it for a suitable period, my parents decided to forgive me.

A boy in Ireland, however, has found himself likely in a lot more trouble than I was. In a report via Metro, in his pursuit of the ultimate online team, he completely drained his mother’s bank account which just happened to be linked to his PS4. This wouldn’t be the first instance of alarming draining issues we have seen recently either!



The perils of letting your children play online

This is, by no means, the first time we’ve heard a story of a child running up a horrific bill on in-game transactions. The fact, however, that he drained her entire bank account does highlight the need for parents to be more vigilant.

Although the women in question didn’t want to be named she did, at the very least, want to issue a warning to other parents: “This was my first Christmas working full time and then to go to your bank account and find it empty with the whole month’s pay and overtime in the buildup to Christmas just gone is horrendous. I had to take my son out of school after speaking to the bank so that he could go home and take everything offline as money was still going out of my account. He is so upset he is staying in bed. [He] is withdrawn and is blaming himself. He reckoned he has spoiled Christmas for his family. I can’t even get him to school.”

The report comes not long after the discussion over in-game currencies and gambling was raised in the UK parliament.

While I do of course sympathise, I do also think that parents should be vigilant about their children’s activity online. Fortunately, my little one isn’t old enough to care about getting Ronaldo in Fifa Ultimate team (yet). When he does start caring about things like that, my bank card is going to be exceptionally well hidden.

What do you think? An innocent mistake or should in-game currencies be banned? – Let us know in the comments!

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15 Responses to “Boy Empties His Mothers Bank Account Buying Fifa Coins”
  1. SANDEEP R N says:

    I think either the fifa should show simpathy and do a refund program,
    If else we need to raise a donation funds,

    However we need to help that mother.

  2. Clive says:

    I removed my bank card from my Xbox hours after first set up with an Xbox 360. The prospect of Microsoft automatically taking renewal fees at full whack was my first concern and having children use the Xbox was my second big concern. There are other far safer ways to buy things on Xbox & PS consoles and I would advise anyone who has children to remove card / bank details from their Live or SEN accounts.

  3. S COFFE says:

    So this was a story in the mirror (had a name and a lot more details) the child claimed not to know what he was doing which is 100% a lie, to use the card (and yes the mother is stupid it leave it on there) the user has to confirm twice that they want to use the card and how much will be taking, in game currency is fine but people just need to be smart with there bank details

  4. Darren Makin says:

    I feel sorry for the mother but how’s her son got his mother’s account details can’t blame the person for selling the coins as it’s a huge black market set up he or she could be selling them to anyone plus if u av things like PayPal makes it even easier

  5. Gerald Haworth says:

    In game spending should be banned for like of tokens and coins these type of games are not like apps you already pay a premium for them, it’s just purely greed.
    What happened to buying a game and getting a complete game not this bull of here’s a quarter of the game but if you want to finish pay even more for it, it’s ridiculous, it only benefits the rich who can afford all these extra transactions, it’s pathetic and they should definitely be scrapped.

    • Tom says:

      They wouldnt make as much money if they didnt have add ons. Its just business. But you can on FIFA have awesome teams and that for spending no money at all on the game as add ons.

  6. Kas2000 says:

    These companies make millions through the sales of their games, especially a huge franchise like Fifa.They should be more aware that children play Fifa and therefore should be a lot more careful about financial transactions and how easy it is to conduct them. Instead of just saying “thanks for the money goodbye” they should be a bit more responsible and consumer friendly.
    I would like to think that the mother in this case would get at least a partial refund but, having dealt with EA before this probably not happen.

  7. Dominic says:

    I lost 4800$ when I turned 18 on fifa when my account got hacked . Ea and fifa should refund the amount and banned him from pkaying till his 18 making him repay them with community service. Donations r dumb and anyone can make a sad story up like ur mom who when ur grandfather sued her bc his mom had cancer and was a survived and so was my mom’s the same year my dad s plant of 35 years got shut down zero severance. That s a true story but donations would never be accepted by this family. Hard times and overcoming equals a rich life

  8. AJ says:

    I think you need to work on your prose Miiiiiike. Also MTX should be restricted to M rated ESRB games, on consoles at least.

  9. Darren says:

    I think they should have a cap on purchasing and let the person know by text message that a payment has been taken if this could be done then the mother could have possibly stopped before it got out of hand. !!!

  10. Peter Evans says:

    Contact Microsoft, they were extremely helpful when my Son did this. £700 refunded within three days.
    I then used PayPal as payment vehicle. You get an email every time it’s used.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Kids are smarter with gadgets it’s foolish to leave passwords pins and credit cards where teens can access them.
    How did the mother not incur more fines taking her son out of school?
    .He should be gardening or cleaning cars till he’s paid some of it back

  12. Pau says:

    Same here they should bad these so called rip of online extras

  13. John Brandao says:

    Band it all together

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