Son (14) spends mummy’s wages playing FIFA 18 on Playstation
A MUM was left horrified after her 14-year-old son spent her entire month’s wages playing a football computer game.
She had bought the FIFA 18 online game for her son using her debit card, which she says enabled him to purchase “points” while playing.
She claims that after she signed up for the Playstation game online they were both unaware that her card number was stored on the account.
She said she was charged every time her son played the game and she claims there were no alerts warning him they would cost money.
The family from Cork, Ireland, are now facing a bleak Christmas with little money.
And the mother - who wants to remain anonymous - has revealed her son is so upset by what’s happened he hasn’t left his room since last Monday.
The mum discovered the blunder when she went to withdraw money from her bank account.
She was informed that she had insufficient funds and that her entire month’s wages and worse still, a bonus, were gone, reports the Irish Mirror.
The concerned mum, who did not want to be identified said: “I get paid monthly so my pay cheque 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.
Speaking to PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM on Thursday, she said: “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.
“He didn’t have to do anything or click anything to activate my card.
“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 month’s 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.”
Playstation told Mirror Online: “We take the safety and security of our customers’ accounts very seriously, and have a range of industry-leading security measures in place to protect our customers.
“Parental controls, including the creation of PlayStation Network accounts for individual family members, can be used to ensure that purchases are either restricted or preventable.
“It is, however, imperative that all consumers take every precaution to protect their personal details.”— Mirror Online
A mum says her son has spent her entire month's wages playing FIFA 18 online