Son makes £3,700 in app purchases, policeman father reports him for fraud
A U.K. policeman has reported his own 13-year-old son for fraud after the young man racked up a £3,700 charge for in-app purchases on his iPad that Apple refused to refund. The officer, Doug Crossan, says that his son was not aware that he was being charged for these downloads, and that he wants Apple to cancel the charge. Apple has refused to do so, so in order to get his money back, he reported the purchases as fraudulent.
What this means for Officer Crossan’s son Cameron is that he could get brought in and questioned by his father’s colleagues about this. Apple has safeguards in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening, and its position is that it is up to the parents to make sure that their children’s App Store purchases are under control. The iTunes store requires authorization in order to make an in-app purchase, including a password. Officer Crossan’s credit card details were on the iPad because he purchased an album through it. His position is that because the games were free initially, that they did not expect to be charged.
So, should Officer Crossan get his refund? Or should he simply moniter his son’s purchasing habits better, and not leave his credit card details on his child’s device?
Source: The Daily Mail
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Might sound ridiculous, but that's how it works.
Shocking that a police officer is trying to abuse his position and knowledge of the law to try and skew the system.
I hope he not only doesn't get away with it with his colleagues help but he is looked at by his superiors for his actions!
As everyone else has said there are plenty of safe guards in place and how dumb do you have to be to not realise your making an in-app PURCHASE the clue is in the name!
My kids need me to enter the password whenever an app is downloaded, even if its Free, let alone paid apps and in-app purchases are disabled!
If your too dumb to use the tools Apple has put at your disposal, don't give out ur AppStore password to your kids at the very least!
Blame the Dad for not turning on parental control
Blame the teen for not spending money responsibly.
2) Little question the parent should have been monitoring purchases better or have turned off in-app purchases. Taken together, you can argue #1 and #2 are signs of stupid and/or neglectful behavior. However, Apple is selling to the masses, in the millions -- and that is going to include a lot of stupid and/or neglectful people. If Apple wants to keep them as customers or just minimize the bad PR around cases like this, they need to provide some protection. For example, Apple could allow the user to specify a monthly cap on the amount of iTunes purchases a single account can make, and perhaps even set a given level by default. A debit card would more responsibly serve the same purpose, but people like Officer Crossan and son obviously did not think that far ahead. There is only so much one can do to protect somebody from themselves, but a few steps like that could help mitigate bad PR and Apple having to play the bad guy when customers make poor choices.
It appears as though the father attached his credit card to his sons account to buy an album (possibly for a gift?...who knows?).
So logically, the password would be his *sons* password, not the fathers. What was he meant to do? Restrict his son from having an App Store account? You need one to "purchase" *any* apps, not just paid ones. As with most iDevices, you're pretty much stuck with the default apps without an App Store account.
That child must be monitored when buying IAPS (by asking your parent or guardian who has an apple ID)
Not a fan of in app purchasing but apple must be responsible in disabling in app purchases because some customers loses money when accidentally buying IAPS
It went from buying a game with levels to pay an extra 5 for the next level haha jailbreak and steal your apps don't pAy greedy devs support those that have fair apps that don't rip people off