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Teen incurs £7,000 of credit card charges on gambling sites

A youngster incurred £7,000 of credit card charges after using the tool on online poker websites.

The Daily Mail reports that 12-year-old Declan Hind was initially given the device to buy a birthday card from Moonpig, but then logged on to an unconnected gambling site and claimed to be older than 18.

He began to lose money and was too ashamed to tell his father Keith about the bank charges.

However, eventually Mr Hind realised he could not use his credit card any more because he had exceeded his limit.

"I was screaming and shouting at the credit card company, I didn't know what had happened," he told the publication.

As no fraud occurred, the father was forced to pay the bill himself and is working alongside Prevention Town to raise awareness of the dangers of internet gambling.

Around 60,000 young people aged between 12 and 15 have a gambling problem, or two per cent of this demographic, according to charity GamCare.

Samantha Clarke
Samantha is a former banking assistant and has over ten years experience in retail banking.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801382826-ADNFCR

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