Boy, 7, racks up £4k bill playing dinosaur game on dad’s iPad

Mohammed Shugaa
Mohammed Shugaa

A Crawley business owner has criticised Apple after his seven-year-old son racked up a £4k bill playing an iPad dinosaur game.

Mohamed Shugaa, 32, discovered his son Faisal had downloaded the iTunes game Jurassic World and spent £3,917 upgrading his dinosaurs.

He said: “At that age you will never know the value of money.

“Apple should have put a stop to it or gave me a call to say ‘Is this you doing this transaction?’”

He explained Faisal, who goes to Broadfield East School, downloaded the game after he found his dad’s iTunes password.

Faisal made 60 transactions from December 13 to 16 before Mohammed’s bank’s fraud team stopped the direct debit payments to Apple.

The tech giant confirmed it would refund the cost in ten working days on December 28.

A statement on its website reads: “All iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) have built in parental controls that give parents and guardians the ability to restrict access to content.

“Parental controls also give parents and guardians the option to turn off functionality such as purchasing from iTunes and the ability to turn off in-app purchases.

“Our parents’ guide to iTunes details the steps adults can take to make sure younger players have access to the right content. The first thing we recommend is not to share your password.”

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