Amazon Refunding $70M Of Unauthorized In-App Purchases Made By Children — FTC

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If your account was used to make an purchase that's now eligible for a refund, you should have already received an email from Amazon letting you know.

Last month, following Amazon losing a key court battle, the litigation was settled. The deadline for submitting refund requests is May 28, 2018.

If so, Amazon said Tuesday it plans to make up to $70 million in refunds available to its customers.

In the court documents, it was revealed: "a child may be prompted to use or acquire seemingly fictitious currency, including a 'boatload of doughnuts, a can of stars and bars of gold, ' but in reality the child is making an in-app purchase using real money".

According to the FTC, more than $70 million in charges may be eligible for refunds on in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016. Amazon sells gaming apps, targeted at kids, from its Appstore to play on mobile phones or tables, and receives a percentage of purchases. This was arrived at after the Federal Trade Commission ascertained that the e - Commerce giant failed to ask for an approval of the purchases and especially those made by children.

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Three years ago, the FTC sued Amazon, claiming parents were billed for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases on Fire tablets and other devices, and Amazon didn't do enough to warn them.

Amazon will review your refund request and may contact you if additional information is needed.

The best thing about the whole process is the fact that asking for refunds is not hard to do; it can be easily carried out online.

The FTC has handled similar cases with Apple and Google in 2014 for billing parents for purchases their kids made without consent. Its stock hit a new milestone yesterday topping out at $1,000 for the first time.