6-year-old girl uses her mother’s thumbprint to buy Pokémon gifts online

A 6 year old girl took advantage of the dream of her mother to buy Pokémon gifts valued at $250. How? Using the fingerprint of her mother.


The fingerprint-based security system is supposed to be one of the safest in the world, but it was not enough for a 6-year-old girl who wanted Pokemon toys.

Online purchases without the consent of the parents have caused, in addition to damages in their portfolios, that the Federal Trade Commission accused by Apple, Google and Amazon of how simple it is for children to make purchases through their applications.

This fact, in addition to damage in the pockets of parents, has meant that companies have to shell out millions of dollars in refunds to those affected.

Today we find an example of Bethany Howell, in Arkansas, whose daughter spent $250 to buy 13 gifts of Pokémon for herself. The little girl used the thumb of her mother to unlock the phone and open the application from Amazon while she slept on the couch, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Howell was able to return four of the 13 products that her 6-year-old daughter bought. She reportedly told her daughter that Santa Claus had learned about her fingerprints mischief and had decided not to bring her all the presents.