FTC Claims Amazon Illegally Billed Parents Millions of Dollars for In-App Purchases

FTC claims Amazon illegally billed parents for unauthorized in-app purchases by kids
Mobile apps have figured out a clever (and lucrative) way to make money. The profit doesn’t lie in selling the game itself, but selling the user in-game advantages which allows for greater progression and easier advancement. These in-app purchases are worth millions of dollars, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says many made through Amazon were illegally done by children who may not have realized they were spending real money.

It may not seem like a big deal, but the charges were often for $100 or more. Any unexpected charges had the potential to play havoc with a family’s monthly finances, especially those living from paycheck to paycheck. Imagine if you were on a tight b


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