In an appalling incident, a teenager in Punjab lost nearly Rs 16 lakh from his parents’ bank accounts on the popular game PUBG. The huge sum of money was spent on buying in-app items, including artillery, passes for tournaments, and virtual ammunition over a month’s duration.
The parents have claimed the huge amount was set aside as savings for the teenager’s father’s medical expenses.
According to a media report, the 17-year-old Khagar-based boy told his parents that he would use the mobile phone for studying online. Instead, he was playing PUBG Mobile excessively on the smartphone of his father.
When making online transactions, bank account details and card details are mostly saved on the smartphone for later use by parents. The boy knew that his father’s bank account is linked to the smartphone, which he used excessively over a month’s period to buy various PUBG Mobile items.
According to the boy’s father, he would make transactions on PUBG Mobile and delete the messages from the bank, because of which the debits remained unknown to them. Parents came to know about the transactions only after they reviewed the bank statements.
Teenager’s father told a media portal that he has an ailment and that the huge sum of money was saved for his treatment. Over and above the money his father saved for medical expenses, the teenager also emptied his mother’s provident fund and his own account.
After the startling incident, the father has made the boy work at a scooter repair shop. “I just can’t let him sit idle at home and cannot give him a mobile phone even for studying. He is working at a scooter repair shop so that he realises how hard it is to earn money. I am hopeless now as the money was saved for my son’s future.”
Also, the boy not only did make transactions from three different accounts, belonging to his father, mother, and him, but he would also shuffle money between the three accounts to avoid parents from suspecting any changes in the account balance.