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article imageBoy spends nearly $6,000 playing 'Jurassic World' on Dad's iPad

By Megan Hamilton     Jan 2, 2016 in Internet
One boy who lives in West Sussex, England, seems to know a thing or two about ingenuity.
The child, 7, already knew his dad's iPad password. He also memorized said dad's Apple ID password.
Which means he managed to bypass restrictions his dad had placed on the device, PCMag reports. It also means he bought whatever he wanted, and made a total of 65 transactions between Dec .13 and Dec. 18, to the tune of $5,900 or £4,000.
When Mohamed Shugaa, 32, from Crawley, found out what his son Faisall was up to, he was furious, and at the same time, shocked that young Faisall had managed to memorize his Apple password, Metro reports.
Shugaa, the owner of a carpet shop, got the rude awakening when he tried to make a purchase with a supplier. So he phoned his bank and was informed that 65 transactions had been made to Apple during the aforementioned time period.
Young Faisall didn't understand that he was being charged, so he upgraded the dinosaurs by using the game currency Dino Bucks.
Dinosaurs  a natural kid attractant.
Dinosaurs, a natural kid attractant.
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Shugaa was understandably upset.
"I was so mad," he said. "I'm 32 years old, why would Apple think I would be spending thousands of pounds on buying dinosaurs and upgrading a game?"
His bank connected him with the fraud team and asked if he knew all those transactions had been made to iTunes during that time, The New York Daily News reports.
Then Shugaa called Apple and complained that the company didn't email him about the charges to his account, and added that they should have been flagged.
After some haggling, Shugaa managed to convince the company to refund the money, which he needed in order to buy Christmas gifts for his kids, Metro reports.
PCMag recommended that Shugaa enable Touch ID on his iPad for all future purchases — if, that is, his IPad has this feature. Doing this is likely to discourage even the most intrepid kid. Alternately, he could create a separate iTunes account for Faisall, but PCMag notes this is annoying to deal with on the same iPad.
In a statement on Apple's website, the company said "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," Metro noted.
The company also noted that all iOS devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch have controls built-in for parents and guardians that gives them the ability to restrict access to content, The New York Daily News reports.
It's probably also a good idea to keep such devices out of the reach of sticky little fingers.
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