Boy, 6, runs up £1,600 Fortnite bill on ‘skint’ uncle’s PlayStation account
A six-year-old boy ran up a £1,600 bill when he went on a shopping spree while playing Fortnite on his uncle's PlayStation account.
Asad Murad, 27, had been saving to buy a house when his nephew Alex purchased more than a dozen expensive in-game extras.
He allowed Alex to use his Sony account after the youngster was given the new console as a present – but warned him not to buy anything.
The in-game purchases were charged to Asad's account, resulting in the eye-watering bill.
The self-employed joiner, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, said he was horrified when he woke up on Sunday morning to find his bank account had been raided.
Upon further inspection, Asad noticed his hard-earned money had been collected by 'Sony PlayStation'.
He says his nephew was responsible for up to 15 separate transactions.
Asad's bank statement documents a series of payments ranging from £7.99 to £79.99.
He informed his bank and Sony about the error – but neither will refund his savings.
"I woke up on Sunday and looked at my bank account," Asad told the Manchester Evening News .
"I am saving for a house and needed to move a few bills around and noticed there was £1,600 missing.
"I looked into it and it said 'Sony PlayStation' on my internet banking. There had been 10 to 15 transactions all on the same day.
"It said it was for the game 'Fortnite', which I know my nephew plays, but he is six and so does not have a clue about money.
"He got a PlayStation for Christmas and I signed in and gave him some games to play. I told him not to buy anything, but he obviously got excited.
"That money was for a house I had been saving up for. Now I'm absolutely skint."
Asad said that when he rang his bank, staff said they had tried to make contact to warn him of 'unusual activity' on his account.
"It's so much money to go in one day, it's just ridiculous," he added.
"That's four months of savings gone in one day."
An email from Sony read: "The transactions in question were made on a console with a different serial number from the one provided by you, but our investigations do not indicate that the account has been compromised as a result of internet fraud.
"The transactions are not eligible for a refund under the criteria outlined in the PlayStation Store cancellation policy and therefore we cannot offer a refund in this case.
"We do require the SEN account holder to be responsible for all activity on their account."
Asad added: "Sony is one of the biggest electrical companies in the world and they won't help me."
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