Kid racks up $500 bill with iPhone app

December 28, 2011 5:25:35 PM PST
An El Dorado County five-year-old racked up a major bill on his mom's iPhone.

The tech-savvy kid was playing a game using an iPhone app and his mom gave him permission to make a $1.99 purchase, but Zachary Beegle kept racking up bills with play money.

That wound up costing his mom $500 in real money.

"Once you've made an initial purchase for $1.99 where you have to authenticate the entering a password, from that point on, every time you hit one of those tokens it's automatically effective and authorized without re-entry of a password," said father Rob Beegle.

Apple initially refused to refund the money until Zachary's father explained that he's an expert court witness on cybercrime and believed the app violated Apple's guideline by not requiring further validation for purchases.

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