x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Seven-year old memorizes dad's Apple ID password, spends $5900 playing a game on pop's iPad

Seven-year old memorizes dad's Apple ID password, spends $5900 playing a game on pop's iPad

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags :

Seven-year old memorizes dad's Apple ID password, spends $5900 playing a game on pop's iPad
Seven-year old Faisall Shugaa has discovered that having a great memory isn't always a good thing. Faisall had secretly memorized the Apple ID password employed by his dad, 32-year old Mohamed Shuga. That allowed him to ring up 65 transactions with Apple between December 13th and 18th. The youngster was playing Jurassic World on his dad's iPad, and paid to have the dinosaurs upgraded using the Dino Bucks currency in the game. He says that he was not aware that he was spending real money.

Mohamed, who runs a carpet store, found out about the transactions when he tried to make a purchase from a supplier. While we're not sure how angry he was at his son, he did vent some steam toward Apple. "I’m 32 years old, why would Apple think I would be spending thousands of pounds on buying dinosaurs and upgrading a game?," he said. "Why didn’t they email me to check I knew these payments were being made? I got nothing from them. How much longer would it have gone on for?"

At first, Apple replied to Mr. Shugaa's demand for a refund by saying that there was no guarantee that this would happen. He then told Apple that he needed the money to buy his children their Christmas gifts this year. That hit the right chord with the tech titan, who then gave Mohamed a complete refund.

Word to the wise. If you have children playing games on a mobile device, you need to monitor what is going on every now and then. Make sure that they do not have access to any passwords that you use. It just might save you a lot of grief. 


source: Metro.co.uk via PCMag

68 Comments
  • Options
    Close






posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:29 7

1. MrAnonymous (Posts: 59; Member since: 25 May 2014)


1) Play
2) Plead
3) Refund!!!
This was completely his fault and yet apple gave a refund...

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:41 3

6. ibend (Posts: 5127; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its just rare case.. maybe 1 in 100000 refund pleaded to apple...
if Apple refund all those parents who's kids like to buy in-app-purchase / buying game currency, apple will go bankrupt in one month

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:48 7

17. neela_akaash (Posts: 1216; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


just another marketing article to boost sales of Apple products...

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:50 11

19. neela_akaash (Posts: 1216; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


he should have used an Android tablet and installed the game with unlimited mod money....

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 23:38 8

23. Raito (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


So you're condoning piracy?

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 15:54

49. Rotkaeqpchen (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jan 2016)


IAPs are PIRACY!!!

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:55

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 6305; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Apple has always refunded everything I asked for: recently a glitch preventing me to continue playing a game - I spent $3.99 iap on certain props and now I can't continue till its patched - I don't expect to wait - made a complaint - refund posted few days later.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 10:07

68. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


why would they go bankrupt? Apple is simply refunding them money they already got paid for, it doesn't come out of their coffers. It may hurt the F2P game companies, but if your game can have someone potentially spend $6000 on it, you don't deserve a single dollar of that.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 07:58 1

38. GoBears (Posts: 451; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


What a B.S. propaganda story. Nothing about it makes sense unless the father was incapacitated for 5 days and totally away from the internet and his email accounts.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:29 6

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Use A Hard Password And Don't Somebody Watch You While You Key It In. I Wouldn't Have Given Him A Refund, His Kid's Presents Would Have Been Those Upgraded Dinosaurs.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:36

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Don't Let*****

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 07:19

35. monkeytown (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


exactly

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 08:04

39. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1059; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


What about his other kids? it was just one of them that did this.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 08:22

40. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They Can Take Turns Playing The Dinosaur Game LOL Or Wait Till He Gets His Taxes This Month To Get Presents.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 20:44

54. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I have a 2, 7, & 9 and they don't have and will never have my password. If they asked for a game, but it's very rare, and I don't enter the password for them to see. Also I have a harder password or use my fingerprint scanner. My kids don't have their finger prints on my phones.

The dad here needs to pay and take responsibility for this mistake.

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 01:50 1

57. AlikMalix (Posts: 6305; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I disable IAP's from restrictions menu.. this way the IAP button doesnt even work: it doesnt pop up a confirmation window, doesnt open a website, doesnt open appstore - NOTHING! so the kid doesnt even know that the button actually does something. And when I'm ready to purchase - two taps and all enabled!!!

You got kids? Restrictions menu is your best friend!!! (hint: it's password protected and can be a different password all together)

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 07:09

63. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


My wallet is protected and wont take a purchase without a completely separate pin.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:30 3

3. parasshah100 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jan 2016)


Why does he expect Apple to notify him with emails, they dont mind getting the money :/

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 16:38

51. Blazers (Posts: 433; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


He should deal directly with his bank from now on. They can set a limits on the authorization amounts, and require verification for purchases over a certain amount.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:35 2

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 22143; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'd be so pissed, but what can you really do?

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:40 1

5. cnour (Posts: 989; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Apple is big. Some stupid people will continue saying that Apple is stealing our money.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 23:27 12

22. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Apple stole your money and become big
iPhone 6s is made of about $236 of material but is sold 649~849
and guys like you are willing to be cheated

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 00:06

25. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Practical Dumping...hehehehe

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 02:41 3

30. cnour (Posts: 989; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


You are the definition of stupidity. So go baby and buy these parts and make your iPhone 6s!!!!!!

posted on 03 Jan 2016, 07:10 1

64. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I will be awaiting your custom OS, 64bit architecture, phone in less than a year. It will only cost you 236, I will pay you 300.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 01:12 2

28. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Apple isn't as bad as how haters portray the company.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 10:17

41. tedkord (Posts: 12310; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course not. And Samsung isn't the doing of thieves haters espouse. And Android isn't the iOS copy haters claim. Haters exaggerate in order to try and spread the hate to others. All three are far from perfect, though.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:52 11

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Apple is the good guy here, with the guy and his kid being jerks. They had no right of demanding refund. It's your fault if you can't monitor your son, you need to deal with it.

And upgraded dinosaurs was a good enough presents. I bet this was the first Christmas the kid got a 6000$ present.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 22:42 1

16. vuyonc (Posts: 1024; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Apple only wanted to look like the good guy, I think. Any other software company would've laughed it off and unapologetically send the kid a lump of coal for Christmas.

posted on 01 Jan 2016, 21:53

8. ananthu07 (unregistered)


I spend some money, please refund Apple. I do not own an Apple device.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories