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Fortnite is evil

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Mummymushroom · 20/07/2021 17:12

I have been changed over £400 from my son playing Fortnite. Multiple purchases. If you Google it Fortnite has things you purchase without authorization or consent. It just automatically comes out of your account. £400 later, switch is in the bin and a servere telling off.

This is such a legal con.

Can't believe they can get away with this.

Bank were pretty useless, and can not for the life of me find a telephone number for Nintendo.

If you are thinking of letting your children play Fortnite be warned.

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Horehound · 20/07/2021 17:13

I think you can contact Fortnite/the app and tell them it was unauthorized and your child did it. See what they. No point binning the switch...sell it?

thisplaceisweird · 20/07/2021 17:15

Why is the switch in the bin?

How old is your son? If you call or email the Google play customer services then they often refund money if your son story is good enough (and the child is young and doesn't know better)

nimbuscloud · 20/07/2021 17:15

Did you not get the email notifications each time a purchase was made?

Mummymushroom · 20/07/2021 19:02

My son is 8. I did get email notifications, but not for every transaction. But it's a bit late by then. Not sure if it is through Google play as it is through Nintendo switch. They don't really understand virtual money at that age.

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nimbuscloud · 20/07/2021 19:06

The first time you got an email notification was the time you should have removed your card details from the device. Your boy is only 8 years old - this is completely your responsibility. A severe telling off and throwing the Switch in the bin is a total over reaction on your part.

SummerHouse · 20/07/2021 19:07

This happened to us with Amazon. They refunded the lot and were extremely helpful. If you email Nintendo, they might do the same. DS was so mortified he took himself off to bed. I felt it was 100% my fault and I told DS that. It was on a kids kindle and I just didn't know they could purchase stuff in a game. I say stuff, it was bags of virtual coins etc. Lesson learned. Hope you get it back. And yes, Fortnite is evil. Mine are allowed on it when they are 21.

nicknamehelp · 20/07/2021 19:17

Sorry but at 8 he has no concept of what charging a card for in game purchases actually means. Card should not of been left on account. Please get his device out of the bin.

romdowa · 20/07/2021 19:24

Why did you leave your card details on the device? Its madness that parents do this. Sadly it's not epics fault, it's yours

Iggly · 20/07/2021 19:26

We have Fortnite in our house. I’ve got password protection on purchases.

I’m afraid you need to take responsibility. And it’s ironic throwing a switch in the bin, what a waste of money, in response to wasting money on a game.

PumpkinKlNG · 20/07/2021 19:26

Surely it’s the child’s fault and not fornite, I have a 9 year old with asd and even he would never buy anything without asking and never has.

ticktockriojaoclock · 20/07/2021 19:29

Engage your brain. Sell the switch and recoup some of the loss. This is on you.

Billandben444 · 20/07/2021 19:39

Never leave a card registered with any device that an unsupervised child has access to. Fortnite is brilliant if played responsibly and there's no reason to delete it or bin the device. Accept it's down to you.

DecorChange · 20/07/2021 19:42

My dd did this on Minecraft on xbox. They were so nice about it and refunded the money. It was out fault for leaving the card on there not password protected. We learned our lesson now everything needs 2 step verification 1st even free games. It's a pain but better than the alternative. Mabye have a talk with them and explain that it was real money they might not have known.

princesslarmadrama · 20/07/2021 19:44

It's your own fault for leaving a bank card on the account or not changing the settings.

name6785 · 20/07/2021 19:44

I always need to put in a password and get notified when something is bought with the settings we have, unless I've preloaded credit (even then I think it needs a passcode)

Also, my 7 year old (though no allowed to play fortnite, plays other games like minecraft and Roblox) knows full well when something costs money or not so I'd be having words with your son too.

ilikecheesecake · 20/07/2021 19:47

we have a switch but to buy stuff on fortnite it take us to switch online where I have to put my password in, then it asks how much you'd like to put on from your card. not your sons fault just a mistake on your part. just have a look at the settings and make sure it's password protected.

JamieLeeBee · 20/07/2021 19:50

I sincerely hope you don't get a refund. Why should you? You left your card details on a console and left an 8 year old in charge of it. And what you did to said 8 year old afterwards was cruel.

ObviousNameChage · 20/07/2021 19:55

So you have an 8 yo kid that doesn't understand the value of online transactions. You got notifications that money IS being spent. You left your card details saved on the account. But this is somehow your son's and the company's fault?

Dod you even tell him about purchasing, told him that he has to ask etc.? Put any rules and boundaries in place? Checked security and purchasing settings?

dannydyerismydad · 20/07/2021 19:57

Too late for you now, but games consoles do online gift cards. They are a great purchase for kids (and adults) who like to play online. Micro purchases can add up way too quickly and accounts can be hacked. We never attach a card to a console.

gamerchick · 20/07/2021 20:02

Why on earth did you have a card hooked up to a console?

Get it out th bin and sell the bugger. They're not cheap those things

But this is your fault OP not your kids.

KatySun · 20/07/2021 20:04

My DS (10) has my card details on his account as he has monthly subscription (Fortnite Crew and whatever the subscription is for PlayStation). I don’t think there is another way of doing it. However, it is a card which has a limited amount of money on it, he does ask for every additional purpose and respects when I say no, and there is a notification email when he does purchase something. I go through my bank statement periodically and go over every purchase he has made with him, including the subscriptions so he can see how it adds up. I don’t use my main current account.

If he spends without authorisation, he loses the subscriptions. He also has had the talks about money out of my account is less money for food and bills so he needs to be trusted. I would sell his PS5 if he ran up that amount of money. Seriously. I cannot afford him to do that.

uktrippin · 20/07/2021 20:31

Your fault OP.

He's too young for Fortnite and he's too young to be responsible for using your bank card unsupervised.

You've thrown an 8 year olds switch in the bin and severely told him off because you can't act responsibly? That's nasty.

Mummymushroom · 21/07/2021 10:48

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Hidehi4 · 21/07/2021 10:53

Read your statement again and while doing that think about your 8year old son

SecretKeeper1 · 21/07/2021 11:03

I don’t understand this either, any transactions my kids want have to be authorised by putting in a password.

Just as an aside, Fortnite IS a bit evil. My son stopped playing it a few months ago and he’s like a different (better, calmer, happier) child.

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