The Guardian has released a story (as reported by Mashable) of a 12 year old boy in the United Kingdom that, between his own savings and his mother’s credit card, amassed £905 in debt by buying items in FarmVille.
Around £288 of that total came from the boy’s own savings, while the rest, around £625 was billed to his mother’s credit card, without her knowledge or permission. Needless to say, the mother was shocked. The debt equates to around $1400 in the US, and it was accumulated in just two weeks’ worth of gameplay.
It doesn’t look like a refund will be issued, as neither Zynga nor the mother’s credit card company have responded with such an answer when approached about a refund. In fact, HSBC has stated that only a criminal proceeding would be enough to open up the possibility of regaining the funds. According to HSBC, since the transactions were technically for Facebook Credits, they didn’t warrant any investigation.
This makes for a great lesson of always knowing where your credit cards are, that’s for sure.
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