When Mohamed Shugaa tried to pay his business’ suppliers and discovered his bank card was overdrawn, he knew something was wrong.
After he did some research, he discovered there had been 60 separate payments made to iTunes from between December 13th to December 18th.
It turns out his 7-year-old son Faisall knew the password to his iPad: and did a ton of “in-app purchasing” on the Jurassic World game app.
The grand total when all was said and done: £4,000 (which averages out to about $6000 U.S. Dollars).
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, try these steps on your (or your child’s) iDevice: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions. Tap Enable Restrictions. Choose a Restrictions passcode that you’ll remember (but not share with your kid!) and confirm your passcode. Make sure to choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. After you tap Enable Restrictions, you’ll see what’s allowed on your device. To prevent only in-app purchases, turn off In-App Purchases. If you want to disable purchasing completely, turn off iTunes Store, iBooks Store, Installing Apps, and In-App Purchases. You can also prevent purchases by removing your payment method from your account.
Full instructions (what’s listed above, but with full illustrations) are on Apple’s website are here.
You can read the whole UK Telegraph story here.
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