by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
credit cards, kids, purchases

Study Says Lots Of Kids Are Making Sneaky Purchases Online With Parents' Cookied Credit Card Info

from the cookies-are-for-kids dept

Plenty of online shopping sites let customers store their credit card info to make it easier to purchase stuff in the future. And, for most home users, that is a convenient feature -- as it seems unlikely that a third party would access your computer and use your credit cards to order stuff. Except, apparently, a lot of parents forget about their kids being able to do that. A study in the UK found that plenty of kids were buying stuff online without their parents' knowledge or approval, using the stored credit card info on certain web shopping sites. Of course, if parents checked over their credit card statements regularly (or received the packages when delivered), you would think they would notice such activity.

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    JimH, 16 Nov 2008 @ 4:03am

    Re: emailed order acknowledgements?

    @ some old guy

    If the parents saved credit cards on websites, and presumably passwords in their cookies, there is also a good chance that they cache/save the passwords for their email accounts. The kid could just simply place the order, wait a few minutes, and delete the email.

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