Kid Amasses $1400 In FarmVille Fees

The mother of a 12-year-old FarmVille addicts has come out to highlight the risk of playing online games on Facebook after the son amassed $1400 in fees in the game FarmVille. While some of the fees came from the kid’s savings account, the mother had to cover close to $1,000 of the fees. Since amassing the fees, Facebook has disabled the kid’s account, as he’s not old enough to use the site.

The only way the mother could get her money back according to her bank, HSBC, was “if she reported her son to the police and obtained a crime number.” In contrast to online gambling sites that raise “alarm bells”, purchasing Facebook credits do not currently alert credit card companies as suspicious transactions.

Publish date: April 8, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT