A 16-year-old boy in Hyderabad has lost all of his family’s savings, Rs. 36 lakh playing online games like Free Fire on the phone. Know not to make the same mistake.
A shocking incident has caused a 16-year-old boy from Hyderabad to lose Rs. 36 lakh, all his family’s savings, playing online games on his phone like Free Fire game app. This adds to the already long list of similar incidents where people, addicted to online gambling, end up with significant financial losses and even commit suicide. These incidents play a role in reminding us how easy it is to fall into the trap of spending money on online games and how quickly it can turn into an addiction that can lead to quick financial ruin. Read on to find out how the boy ended up losing such a huge amount of money and how you can avoid a similar fate. Read also : Hackers can steal your WhatsApp account through that nasty phone call; know how
Hyderabad boy loses Rs. 36 lakh while playing mobile games online
According to an IANS report, the boy is a resident of Amberpet area in Hyderabad. While playing mobile games online, he used his mother’s bank accounts to make online game payments. According to the Cybercrime Wing of Hyderabad Police, the boy downloaded a “Free Fire game app” on his grandfather’s mobile phone. In the beginning, he made two transactions of Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 10,000 to play the game. After that, he got addicted to online mobile games and started spending large amounts of money on games regularly . During all this time, the family had no knowledge of such transactions. Read also : India in the TOP 5 countries victims of cybercrime! Find out who’s been robbed the most
Soon, he made larger in-game transactions ranging from Rs. 1.45 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh. Tragically, the Class 11 student was also the son of a deceased police officer. The money he ended up spending also included monetary benefits received by the family after the official’s death.
When her mother went to the bank to make a withdrawal, she was shocked to learn that there was no money left in the bank account after a total of Rs. 27 lakh was spent. While checking another account, she discovered that Rs. 9 lakh is also missing from that account. The woman approached the Cybercrime Division and told police it was her husband’s hard-earned money.
How to avoid a similar trap
Be careful when using an app with built-in transactions. Especially if the upper limit of these transactions is very high.
If you give your phone to a minor, be sure to either unlink your bank accounts with Google Play Store or add a password so that no one else can complete a transaction.
If you’re used to spending on online games, always set yourself a limit so you don’t overspend. There are apps where you can manually set a limit for transactions with a particular vendor.
Make a habit of not spending money on apps/games. Enjoy free games. There is a large selection to choose from.