Twins Accidentally Charge $3,000 to Their Mom’s iTunes Account

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Free games aren’t always free, that’s the lesson Paula Marner learned. The Canadian mother warns parents to be careful with “free” gaming apps for their kids. She recently discovered her 7-year old twins charged $3,000 worth of in-app purchases while playing Clash of Clans on her iPad, according to CBC News.

While many free apps have ways to buy stuff inside the game, most people say no. That isn’t always easy when you are 7 and don’t understand, though. This is unfortunate, though, when the games are designed for children. Games like Clash of Clans, Despicable Me 2, and Smurf’s Village are all “free” apps, but have options to buy things within the game.

If the correct parental permission settings are not turned on, children just have to accept to purchase something. Last September, a 6-year-old from North Yorkshire, U.K. charged $3,244 to his grandfather’s credit card while playing Tiny Monsters.

Apple is in the middle of a class-action lawsuit filed by five parents with similar problems. Apple has issued a notice to 23 million parents who had their kids charge money to their accounts without their knowledge. The lawsuit could cost Apple up to $100 million.

Marner did not participate in the lawsuit, but is getting a full refund, according to CBC News.


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