Mum’s shock after son, 8, racks up £3K bill buying XBox add-ons

Mum’s shock after son, 8, racks up £3K bill buying XBox add-ons

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A SINGLE mum was left horrified after her eight year old son racked up over £3,000 on her credit card buying XBox game add-ons.

Little Leon Berriedale-Johnson had no idea he was spending his mother Martine’s cash with the extras on Minecraft and Roblox.

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Martine Berriedale-Johnson was shocked to discover her eight-year-old son had spent a whopping £3,120 on X-Box add ons[/caption]

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Leon Berriedale-Johnson didn’t realise what he was doing when he was racking up his mother’s bill on XBox[/caption]

The schoolboy spent £3,120 as he played the games online with his pals over a three week period.

Shocked Martine only found out when her credit card statement came through the post.

She now fears she will struggle to feed her family while trying to pay it off.

The mum-of-two said: “I’d put in my card details once for him to buy an add-on for a game for £4.99. That was supposed to be a one-off special treat.

“I had no idea that my details had been saved on the system and Leon was still using my card to buy more online.”

On 16 August, he made 19 purchases coming to a staggering total of £978.81. Two days later, he made seven more purchases, including one for £199.99.

‘I WENT CRAZY’

Full-time mum Martine, 40 – also mum to two-year-old Eddie – added: “When I saw my credit card bill, I went crazy. I told him I was selling his Xbox.”

The mum-of-two, of Brighton, East Sussex said that her credit card bill usually comes to £30 a month, from making Amazon orders and buying takeaways.

She doesn’t know how she’s going to be able to pay this month’s bill – 100 times her usual amount – thanks to Leon’s online splurge.

Martine said: “I’m a single mum and I already struggle to put food on the table.

“But I’m always really careful with my finances. I just don’t know how I’m going to pay this bill.”

She even said that because of naughty Leon’s online spending, her boys won’t get any Christmas presents.

She said: “I’ve told the boys Christmas is cancelled and that they’re not getting any toys. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to afford Christmas dinner after this.”

Martine said that Leon was very upset when he realised what he had done.

She said: “He had understood that he was buying something but didn’t understand the financial consequences. But now I’ve explained it to him and he realises what he did.”


Martine says that Leon wasn’t asked to enter the card’s security number every time he made a purchase online.

She says this is why he was able to rack up such a huge debt without his mum noticing. Martine contacted Microsoft, who told her that they have a 14-day window for refunds.

Because Leon made most of the purchases between three and four weeks ago, Martine isn’t able to get most of her money back. Microsoft was approached for comment.

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Leon’s mum has said there will be no Christmas presents this year after her big bill[/caption]


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