LITTLE Jake Sadler ran up a bill totalling nearly £1,000 while playing a game on his parents’ iPad.
The six-year-old, who lives with his family in Waterlooville, was playing Zombie Takeover and used their iTunes account to buy gold in the free-to-download game.
Players lead an army of zombie fighters to defend against humans and can boost their squad using pretend gold.
But the youngster racked up a bill of more than £950 in one session.
His mum Gemma, 31, of Merchistoun Road, said she was alerted to Jake’s spending spree after his dad Martin, 34, was contacted by his bank telling him what had happened.
She said: ‘The bank told us they weren’t normal transactions.
‘My husband phoned back and they said it was something to do with iTunes.
‘Jake had been putting in the password to our iTunes account and buying the gold. I had no idea he knew it.
‘It was quite a shock. We had no idea how much was taken out until we saw £996 had gone.’
They put calls into the Apple-owned iTunes head office and explained what had happened in an attempt to claw their money back.
The couple had to detail the code for each lot of gold he had bought and – to the parents’ relief – they agreed to refund their cash in full.
Mrs Sadler added: ‘I’m thankful for iTunes to give us the money back. They didn’t have to.
‘We are very lucky it was refunded. We can’t afford to lose £1,000.
‘He’s only six and a half and was a bit upset. He must have seen us put the password in before and it’s not one that I remember easily.
‘People can say it’s out fault but you don’t expect a six-and-a-half year old to remember your password.’
Jake has not used the iPad since and his mum and dad have changed their iTunes password as a precaution.
Mrs Sadler said: ‘People keep saying he’s only six-and-a-half but he didn’t know the money side of it.
‘He knew what he did was wrong.
‘It’s a warning to other parents to keep an eye on your bank account.’