The 11-year-old from Cambridgeshire managed to spend an approximate £3500 in less than a month. The incident occurred as the girl’s phone was linked to an iTunes account which used her mother’s bank details and information.
The girl used the account to buy ‘coins’ on TikTok to lip-sync with the 24-year-old influencer. The disturbed mum claimed that neither the bank nor iTunes altered her about the ongoing payments even when her daughter was spending hundreds of pounds a day.
Talking to Cambridgeshire Live the mother said her daughter is obsessed with this internet influencer and also exchanged ‘coins’ to have private video calls with him, reported Mirror.co.uk
The mum said: “She is 11-years-old and she’s been talking to this man and spending loads of money to do duets with him. My daughter still doesn’t see that she’s been scammed. She’s obsessed with him. I’ve now messaged (the man) from her phone and said I was her mum. He didn’t believe me, and he didn’t seem to care about the money.”
The woman said she has the messages saved and claimed the man told her daughter: “I love you 2.” However, police have said no legal action will be taken as the messages are of a non-sexual nature.
“It’s wiped out all my money. It’s all the money I had, it’s over £3,500 and all my overdraft, and I now have not one penny left for me and my family.” said the mother. She also stated that she had only been returned £127 from iTunes. Apple has yet to make a comment on the situation but according to Apples law and regulations anyone under the age of 13 cannot make an account. And if a child puts forward a transaction a message is sent to the family organizer.
TikTok which has become a very popular app among teens and children, allows them to create and share videos. A spokesman for the company said: “We are committed to maintaining a fun, positive environment, and have strict policies against any deceptive or inappropriate behavior. We are very sorry to hear about this user’s experience and have opened an internal investigation as part of our regular review process, which will help us further strengthen our internal controls.”