A mother who used her debit card to buy her 11 year old son Xbox Live membership received a nasty shock when she discovered he'd employed the details to spend over £1000 on virtual goods.
According to local press reports, Dawn Matthew entered her bank details into son Brendan's Microsoft's Xbox so he could play friends online. However, in the process she mistakenly turned off the console's parental controls.
This enabled Brendan to spend £1,087 over six months on extra games, weapons and costumes for his online characters.
Matthews told Kent Online that she only discovered the charges when her card was declined as she tried to pay a mobile phone bill. Her laptop had been broken, meaning she had failed to check her bank account online for several months.
Microsoft and her bank, Barclays, have both denied any liability over the bill. The Xbox live account has been closed.
My son racked up £1k bill on Xbox - Kent Online