An eight-year-old boy playing Fortnite was forced to provide mums personal ID.
Young Charlie Pearson sent photos of his mother’s personal information to other gamers, shares Daily Mail.
Charlie’s chats with gamers led to incessant text messages and phone calls, urging the child to send his mother’s credit card information and driver’s license but warning him do to so quietly.
His mum, Krista Kneeland-Pearson, said the game first became a problem for her young son when he unintentionally began to spend a lot of money on ‘V-bucks’, currency in the game that gives players costumes and dance moves.
‘He started spending a lot of money without even realizing what he was doing,’ she said to NBC.
He became so obsessed with playing she limited his screen time but she became concerned when she found his door locked with the lights on in the middle of the night.
‘When I looked into his room my purse was on the floor, actually two purses were on the floor,’ Kneeland-Pearson said.
She realized her son had sent photos of her driver’s license and cards from her wallet.
When she looked at his phone she saw he was bombarded with messages on the game as well as text messages and phone calls from North Carolina.
As for Charlie, he said he felt pressured to share his mom’s information.
‘I really didn’t want to do it. They just kept on telling me to and then I didn’t want them to get mad at me, so I just did it,’ he said.
In one message Charlie was told ‘Remember don’t tell her, she will get mad. Okay?’
[Charlie] said, “He told me that if I showed him this stuff he would give me V-bucks”. Specifically, he was looking for my Visa,’ she said.
Concerned, she filed a police report but authorities said that the investigation into the matter is difficult.
According to the cops, getting someone’s personal information isn’t a crime itself.
‘Unless somebody takes steps to do something with that information, it isn’t a crime to possess it. You just have to educate your kids and let them know that you should never be giving a stranger information about yourself online,’ Lieutenant Bill Gerl said.
As for Charlie, he’s learned from his mistakes.
‘I learned not to do that again,’ adding that he’s done playing Fortnite for a while.
‘It makes me really nervous. What is going to happen with all of my information? On top of that, how scary it is that this guy was able to talk to Charlie into doing something behind my back?’
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