If there’s ever been a reminder to safeguard your devices and passwords, this is it! A nine-year-old girl in the UK was messing about on her dad’s phone recently while he was asleep and managed to book AND PAY for a deluxe holiday to Disneyland Paris – talk about taking the Mickey!
Don’t ever assume your children are all tucked up in bed just because you are! Ian Wilson from Lincolnshire in the UK was fast asleep at midnight when his daughter Susan crept into the lounge, took his phone and managed to not only get online, but coordinate and pay for a family trip to Disneyland Paris.
Apparently the 53-year-old dad’s phone was not password protected and the cheeky youngster was able to guess his PayPal password, although when it comes to the details Susan is clueless.
“I don’t know how I did it. I just like messing about with Dad’s phone. I don’t know where Paris is or what the Eiffel Tower is,” she told The Sun.
Going to town
Clueless? Or just plain CLEVER?! This wasn’t just a one-off random purchase from Susan. She booked flights and a hotel gift card at £400 (AUD $688) from Bravofly; and then a VIP trip to the Eiffel Tower at £214.08 (AUD $368) and Disneyland Express train and park tickets at £391.84 ($674) through German website Getyourguide.
In total she racked up expenses to the grand tune of £1005.92 (AUD $1730), and poor dad Ian was none the wiser until three days later when the money disappeared out of his account. Crafty little lady!
Paying it back
Apparently Susan didn’t realise the enormity of what she did but offered to pay back the money with 10p. Again, we’re calling it – she’s a GENIUS. Thankfully, PayPal was able to help out a bit more.
Mum Tracey told The Mirror that after she explained what had happened, PayPal refunded the money as a “goodwill” gesture with the transaction called “friendly fraud”. Initially the companies involved refused to fork out the cash – I guess they were really hoping Susan and her family would get to take that Disneyland holiday.
Unfortunately for the nine-year-old, her dad’s phone is now password protected. I guess she’ll just have to save up the old fashioned way. But take heed parents, I think the lesson here is lock your phones and devices, and never assume your children are sleeping!
Has your child ever done something bad on your phone?!