Eight-year-old boy withdraws Rs 35,000 from father’s bank account for online game

The Hush Post | 4:25 pm | One-minute read

An eight-year-old boy from Lucknow siphoned off Rs 35,000 from his father’s account to clear some levels of an online game. The boy used the money in numerous installments over the time period of nine months.

According to the reports by Times of India, the boy’s father is a priest. He noticed about his missing money after Rs 18,000 were debited from his savings account in one go. After that, he filed a complaint with cyber police on August 17.

Nodal officer of Lucknow police cyber cell Abhay Mishra reportedly said, “During investigations, we came to know that complainant’s bank account was linked to an e-wallet. A payment to a third-party in Mumbai was made through it. We also found that his mobile number was used for transactions, which is possible only when the victim makes the mistake of sharing OTP in the event of fraudulent calls/emails.”

However, the priest –denied of getting any such e-mails or calls. Also, his bank account was not hacked.

Further, Mishra said, “We also talked to the priest’s wife and his son. His wife could barely use a mobile phone. His son, however, broke down when quizzed. He said he was hooked to this online game called Free Fire and spent his father’s money to qualify for different levels of the game.”

According to the reports, the game’s initial levels demanded Rs 500. When the boy cleared those stages, the game asked him to buy the virtual diamonds in the game. The boy made a transaction of Rs 18,000 around August 14-15.

The police reports say that the boy rented the game for Rs 80 in December 2018. He used to play the game whenever his father was at home.

The priest withdrew the complaint after it was revealed that his son made the transactions.

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