6-year-old Charges Over $16,000 to Mom’s Credit Card for Sonic Game

Sonic The Hedgehog ⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you’re buying a tablet for a child this holiday season, and they are gamers, then this article will be of interest. It involves that speedy blue character, Sonic. Well, sort of.

Jessica Johnson first thought she had been defrauded when she saw $16,293 deducted from her bank account. Then she learned son George, 6, had racked up app-store charges playing Sonic ­Forces starring the imperiled Sonic the Hedgehog.

This 6-year-old racked up over $16K on his mom’s credit card

Moral to this holiday story: don’t leave your credit card attached to a tablet that a child uses without a password s/he doesn’t know. Two-factor authentication, when available, as well as immediate text alerts for all purchases made online is also advised.

Definitely showing this to Kara. Our grandchildren both want tablets for Christmas. I already warned her about attaching these tablets to accounts with a credit card enabled for in-game purchases. If there is no credit card attached to the accounts and/or in-game purchases are disabled on the account without a parental (grandparental) override, they can’t make any purchases, period. We can buy them in-game goodies on a case-by-case basis.

Have to agree with the mother in the story on one aspect of the story, though, that these in-game purchases can become predatory at some point.

No idea if the pandemic will change the date (probably so), but a sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog is scheduled for release on April 8, 2022.

3 thoughts on “6-year-old Charges Over $16,000 to Mom’s Credit Card for Sonic Game

  1. I miss the days when you bought a computer or video game and it didn’t need any in-game purchases or add-on expansions. I don’t mind sequels to games, but I hate the current model where you buy a “basic” game, only to learn that you need to buy this DLC expansion or in-game enhancements.

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    1. Yeah, it’s almost if you see the words “free download” you know that the game is going to be loaded with in-game purchases. Too bad, there was a day when freeware wasn’t essentially a stripped down demo version.

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