Mum Claims Teen Son Spent Almost £16,000 On Twitch Without Her Realising
A mum claims her teenage son spent almost $20,000 (£15,800) in Twitch donations and subscriptions in a couple of weeks, without her realising.
The woman, who did not want to be named, told Dot Esports that her teenage child charged $19,870.94 (£15,701) to a debit card between 14 and 30 June.
The mum says she has attempted to get the money back, but has so far, been unsuccessful. She ended up posting on a Twitch subreddit asking for advice.
She wrote: "My minor child spent almost $20k using a debit card on subscriptions & donations, cleaning out my bank accounts without my knowledge or permission. Years of savings gone in 17 days.
"No response from customer service in over 2 weeks, no response to certified mail to CEO or Amazon legal. Does anyone know if I can get this money back or how to get a response?"
The woman showed Dot Esports screen grabs of her bank account which showed numerous transactions to Twitch.
She told the news outlet: "When I saw the bank balances were almost gone, my lips started to tingle and I had to put my head down so I wouldn't pass out. I cried at first. I didn't believe he could've done this."
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She said her son was given a debit card to use for his school lunches but says he began transferring money from her account into his.
The mum admits she only checks her account twice a month, meaning her son's transactions had gone unnoticed.
She said: "I contacted my bank as soon as I found out and they froze all of our accounts, and his debit card was cancelled. Unless I press charges against my son, they will not help as this is considered friendly fraud."
She went on to say that she's yet to get a response from Twitch and that Amazon replied telling her to get in touch with Twitch directly. She also reached out to five streamers to ask about getting the money back and says two have replied so far.
Despite her son's actions, the mum takes responsibility for what happened, adding: "I work too many hours, and have not paid close enough attention to what he was doing online.
"His internet knowledge has absolutely surpassed mine. My focus now though is trying to figure out why he did it so I can make sure this is the one giant mistake he makes in his life."
LADbible has contacted Twitch for comment.
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