Dad forced to sell car after son, 7, runs up £1300 iTunes bill on mobile game

A dad has been forced to sell the family car after his young son managed to rack up a bill of almost £1,300 in an hour on a mobile phone game.

Ashaz Mutaza, seven, used costly top ups while playing the game to run up the eye-watering sum of money.

Dad Muhammad, 41, only realised what had happened when he found 29 email receipts for transactions ranging from £1.99 to £99.99 for mythical monster training game Dragons: Rise of Berk.

Now the shocked doctor has had to sell his Toyota Aygo motor to cover the cost of the £1,289.70 iTunes bill, the Sun reports.

Dismayed Muhammed said: "Initially, my thought was that I had been scammed.

"I never thought it would be possible to spend that much money on a kids' game."

Schoolboy Ashaz was only playing the free game for an hour and Muhammad had not idea it offers unlimited in-app purchases for up to £109.

Muhammad, who lives with his wife Fatima, 37, Ashaz, and his siblings Areefa, 11, and one-year-old Aliyah, in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, complained to Apple.

He was given a refund of £207 and said: "I said to customer services: 'Well done, you've ripped me off, you have succeeded in ripping my child off.'"

Apple would not comment on the case but said they take such incidents "very seriously" and urged parents to take precautions.

Dragons: Rise of Berk is one of a number of games available to download and play on smartphones.

It is marketed as a free-to-play game, but players can purchase add-ons to unlock additional features.

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