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Australian Six-year-old boy racks up $8,000 bill on iPad without parents knowing

“When he started using it for home-schooling I set up with the fingerprint ID and I didn’t realise he could use it to purchase stuff.”

A young family in Canberra found themselves financially strapped when their six-year-old son Kristian unknowingly racked up $8,000 on his dad’s iPad while home-schooling.

“It was my iPad and I gave it to him,” Kristian’s dad Igor told A Current Affair.

“When he started using it for home-schooling I set up with the fingerprint ID and I didn’t realise he could use it to purchase stuff in Roblox,” added his mum Danielle.

In his downtime at recess and lunch Kristian would simply unlock the device using his fingerprint ID and play the kid’s game where he could purchase food for his pets.

The fingerprint ID not only unlocks the device but access to bank accounts and credit cards, giving the user free rein to spend as they please.

For three weeks he made 501 purchase and spent thousands of dollars without any idea he was draining his parent’s bank accounts.

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A young family in Canberra found themselves financially strapped when their six-year-old son Kristian unknowingly racked up $8,000. Image: Channel9

“It’s been horrendous”

“He’s got no comprehension,” his mum added.

Eventually Igor’s bank rang him and alerted him of the purchases.

“I jumped onto my online banking and realised thousands and thousands of dollars were missing,” Igor said.

“I mean who’s got $8,000 to throw away? We thought is it a joke, is it a scam,” he added.

Danielle said that trying to get the money back from Apple and dispute the purchases has been lengthy and torturous.

“It’s been horrendous”.

She said the company explained that “it wasn’t part of their policy” to refund the amount in full.

For three weeks Kristian made 501 purchase and spent thousands of dollars without any idea he was draining his parent’s bank accounts. Image: Channel9

“It shouldn’t be that easy”

“We’re now being charged interest for the overdraft,” she added.

Igor believes the problem lies in the fact that kids can easily purchase items on devices without parents knowing and being Alerted by Apple.

“It just shouldn’t be that easy. There should be a limit on kid’s games.”

“Why does it cost $8,000 just to play a game. It’s just ridiculous.”

Thankfully, Danielle and Igor got their money back after the show aired and Apple decided to waiver their fee.

For more information on how to protect your account read Apple’s guide for parents.

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