Irish mum issues URGENT warning to other parent's after son accidentally spends her month’s wages

15th Dec 17 | News

An Irish mum of four is urging other parents to be wary after her 14 year old son accidentally spent her month’s wages playing Fifa 18 PlayStation game.

She purchased Fifa 18 for her son using her debit card. However, he unknowingly bought points while playing it as there were no alerts that they cost money.

After the incident left the family upset and with no cash for Christmas, they are raising awareness of the issue to ensure that no one else is caught out by it.

Speaking to PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM, the distraught mum said:

“I get paid monthly so my paycheck went in last Friday for four weeks’ wages and they took the whole month’s pay out of the card.

He just didn’t understand but every ten points was costing him more money. I think you need the points to move players but I am not aware of how it works.

When purchasing the game or playing it they don’t tell you that this has a cost element. He didn’t have to do anything or click anything to activate my card.

He never knew that when he was clicking away the money was being taken out of my account.”

I went down to the bank to get money out. I was told I had insufficient funds. I was just after being paid and I didn’t understand what was wrong so then I rang the bank.

They said PlayStation was constantly moving money from my account. It ended up being my month’s pay.

I contacted PlayStation and they told me that it was an adults game. I explained he was 14 and he didn’t understand he was playing with money.

They said there was nothing they can do. For any parents out there I want them to be aware.

Maybe there was [a lock or warning system in place] but my 14-year-old son didn’t see it. He did not have to put in card details or anything as my card was already registered.

This was my first Christmas working full time and then to go to your bank account and find it empty with the whole months pay and overtime in the buildup to Christmas just gone is horrendous.

I had to take my son out of school after speaking to the bank so that he could go home and take everything offline as money was still going out of my account.

He is so upset he is staying in bed. He is withdrawn and is blaming himself. He reckoned he has spoiled Christmas for his family. I can’t even get him to school.

There is no point in giving out to him because he is punishing himself more than i could ever have imagined."

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