Parents Beware: Teen accidentally spends $8,000 on FIFA's in-app purchases

The 17-year-old never realized the bill would rack up to $8,000.

There are multiple stories of teenagers and children taking their parents credit cards to purchase games online. Usually, it’s a one-time purchase of a game that leads to hours of fun and then discipline of the child. Well, one 17-year-old found out his purchase of a FIFA series soccer game for his Xbox had racked up to nearly $8,000.

According to his family, the credit card was given to the son for emergency use and purchasing items for the family’s convenience store.

He thought his one-time purchase of the FIFA game would be harmless. Until the family found out that each time he played the game it was charging the card over and over again. The charge totaled at $7,625.88.

Lance Perkins the parent of the 17-year-old said to Fox News, “He's just as sick as I am, [because] he never believed he was being charged for every transaction, or every time he went onto the game.”

Perkins reached out to the credit card company but they couldn’t do anything about the transactions unless he wanted to charge his son with fraud. However, Xbox has agreed to look into the charges since Perkins son is a minor, but they have not heard anything from Xbox since.

What would you do if you were in this situation?


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Published Jan. 13th 2016
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    This isn't the first time this has happened... it won't be the last.

    Sometimes it's the kid not knowing that it's real money, the parents don't look at their statements, and boom... big sum.
    It can be that the parents have no idea what the kids are doing, and the kid asks "can I buy this for [cheap]?" The parents say ok, but now the card details are there, and the kid doesn't realise the costs the accrue.
    Or the last one is that the kid is just a dick, and knows exactly what they are doing.

    But a 17 year old doing this... they have to know, that or they have special needs and card details should not be locked into the account. So I just don't know in this case... I'm inclined to say it's the kid who knew what they were doing.

    Whatever the case... things like this are why I hate microtransactions. Any form of them in a paid game spells disaster. And in free to play games, they need to only be cosmetic. Kids won't want to buy a lot of cosmetic items, so the costs will stay low for the parents.
  • Jessi_Cat
    I think it would be different if it was like a 10-year-old or younger. They wouldn't know any better, but a 17-year-old should know better. The items should have a dollar figure somewhere on the screen letting you know how much you are spending.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    Punish the hell out of the kid?

    You have to accept the terms or whatever each time you whip out your credit card and throw money at microtransactions in any console game. The kid had to press accept each time he made a purchase. He'd have to be illiterate or seriously dumb to not realize what he was doing.

    EA's microtransactions in the FIFA games are pretty predatory, but this is definitely going further than their greed. This is just plain stupid.
  • Jessi_Cat
    The parents sound a little naive to me. I have a feeling it's one of those cases of "he wouldn't do anything bad".

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