10-year-old spends £2500 of mum's money on Roblox without her knowing
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A mother in Denbighshire was horrified to find out her 10-year old daughter had spent £2,500 on Roblox microtransactions without her knowing about it.
Georgina Munday had been letting her 10-year old autistic daughter play Roblox on her iPad, believing it to be an innocent game. It’s reported the daughter has been playing the game more often than usual following a brief break from school due to troubles in her education.
What followed was a series of suspicious bank activity, with multiple small deductions of around £20 going out of Munday’s bank account, which very quickly added up to a whopping £2,500, all due to the children’s game. Roblox lets players spend real-world money to buy Robux, an in-game currency that’s used to purchase accessories for avatars, such as clothes, items, effects, abilities and more.
The mother said: “We'd just seen hundreds of transactions, these payment confirmations, so then the panic set in - oh my gosh, whose card is this on?”
Apparently, the child managed to change the password on the iPad, allowing access to purchases, presumably not realising the severity of her actions, and just how much it was going to cost her parents.
Tesco Bank and Apple were both contacted about a potential refund but refused, stating that the terms and conditions were clear about purchases and there was nothing that could be done. It was only until Georgina Munday contacted the BBC, specifically the consumer show You and Yours, that Tesco Bank got back in touch and said that the full amount would be refunded to her account.
Roblox gave their statement on the matter, saying that there is a range of parental settings “that can be used to determine how much their children can spend, and set spend notifications to increase visibility over their children's spending on Roblox.”
This isn’t the first time an online game has cost parents a fortune, as in-game currencies for games like Roblox and Fortnite have proven costly for parents whose children don’t understand the danger of buying things without adult supervision or permission. Luckily the bank was able to provide a refund, but it just goes to show that parents need to be more vigilant and mindful of what their young children are getting up to on their games.
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