The Daily Mail says, “The 13-year-old was mortified by what he had done – but worse was to come. For instead of punishing him, his father filed an official police complaint effectively accusing him of fraud.
“Doug Crossan, 48, said he was horrified when his credit card company informed him of the amount his son had spent on the games in Apple’s online App Store.
“Cameron could now face arrest and questioning by detectives.
“But that is not the reason the teenager was shopped. If Mr Crossan had wanted him to feel the force of the law he could have done it himself – he is a PC with Avon and Somerset Police. He contacted the national Action Fraud helpline in the hope of getting his money back from Apple.
“He says Cameron was unaware he was being charged for the purchases and wants Apple to refund the cash. But the technology giant has so far refused, so Mr Crossan believes that by reporting the purchases as fraudulent his credit card company will have to foot the bill.”
Crossan says, “I am sure Cameron had no intention to do it, but I had to have a crime reference number if there was any chance of getting any credit card payments refunded.
“In theory the local police station would contact me and ask for Cameron to come in to be interviewed. I could make it difficult, of course, and refuse to bring him in, and they would have to come and arrest him.”
He adds, “There was no indication in the game that he was being charged for any of the clicks made within it.
“He innocently thought that, because it was advertised as a free game, the clicks would not cost anything.”
The paper says, “Apple has refused to cancel the charges, citing parental responsibility and pointing out that iPads contain password locks to prevent accidental or unwanted purchases.”
In response to this Crossan said, “I am a father of a studious, polite and sensible 13-year-old who has been duped after uploading free children’s games on his iPod and iPad.
“Our son is mortified to think that this has happened. I wonder how many others there are in the UK that have suffered at the hands of these apps?”
Speaking about shopping his own son, Crossan says, “Really I just want to embarrass Apple as much as possible. Morally, I just don’t understand where Apple gets off, charging for a child’s game.”
According to the paper, “In the US, Apple is paying £66million in compensation to parents whose children ran up huge bills. The case is unlikely to affect British families.”
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