Facebooking and funny fails.

Everyone remembers how to block FarmVille updates from their Facebook accounts, yes? For parents, children andFacebook users alike, this is an excellent example of why FarmVille is not only useless but also, apparently, expensive. A 12-year old boy in the UK has amassed a FarmVille debt of more than £900 playing the online game, first draining his own bank account and then using his mother’s credit card. Comparatively, this is as entertaining as the Facebook thread in which a woman realized she racked up a $12,000 phone bill by texting “help for Haiti,” unfortunately this story has no redemptive upside.

From the Guardian, full story here.

A mother has warned of the risk of children spending hundreds of pounds on “free” online games available through Facebook after her 12-year-old son ran up bills of more than £900 without her knowledge.

The woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, discovered last month that her son had spent more than £900 on FarmVille. He had emptied his own savings account of £288 and had used her credit card to the tune of £625 to pay the bills.

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The mother said: “The first use of my card was on 14 March. I discovered it on the 29th and the card was stopped at that point. Any transactions after that date were already in the system, so what I thought was a £427 spend turned into £625 over the next few days.

“The total spend is about £905, but the credits are still rolling in. Facebook and [game creator] Zynga will not refund anything as [the son] lives in my house. Facebook has disabled his account and Zynga has unhelpfully suggested I use password protection on computers in the future.”

She contacted her credit card company, HSBC, but was told she would only qualify for a refund if she reported her son to the police and obtained a crime number. “He would be cautioned and I have been told that this caution would stay with him. Obviously the idea of a stupid farm simulation jeopardising his future earnings is not something that I want to consider,” she said.

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So, in essence: avoid the possibility of wasting more than a thousand dollars, take our advice: block FarmVille.

-Jessie W.