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    Default Teenager loses six figures gambling online after stealing dad's credit card

    Here's a story the mainstream media couldn't wait to get its hands on. It's even got some attention over here in the U.S.

    According to a report in the Mirror, a 13-year-old boy went on an "80,000 crime spree to fund a gambling addiction."

    And, of course, it was advertisements for betting websites that he saw during a football match that got him "hooked" and resulted in a "week-long online betting binge" that left his parents "horrified."

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    Today the lad whose identity we are protecting talks about his addiction as new Government figures reveal he is one of 25,000 children aged 11-16 who are hooked on gambling.

    The schoolboy started betting online after going with his *company director dad to Wembley, where he saw adverts for online bookies on screens and on boards around the pitch.

    He took pictures of his dads business credit cards on his smartphone and set up an *account online under his parents identity.

    Within days he was hooked, getting a massive high from his wins but placing bigger and bigger bets. He was staking as much as 3,000 at a time and placing hundreds of bets a week.

    The boy, from Lancashire, said: I had no idea that *gambling could be an addiction like smoking, drinking or drugs. It seemed like fun and I thought I would make money too.

    It was just far too easy. I just had to put in dads name, *address, date of birth and card details and checked a box saying I was 18 it took literally seconds to register and start gambling.

    I remember being at Wembley seeing all those adverts, hearing guys around me bragging how much money theyd won and figured Id give it a go. It seemed fun and easy.

    I knew dads business was doing well and thought hed be less likely to spot that than *money coming out of a personal account.
    After getting caught six months later when his father got a call from the bank, the boy was sent to psychotherapy, but that apparently didn't help. "Several months later" he went on another "week-long gambling binge *using the same card details, this time building up debts of a further 60,000."

    I started off placing small 5 or 10 bets on football matches and horses, and had a few wins, which was a massive buzz. It felt like free money. I only regretted not placing bigger bets on my wins, ignoring my losses, and started going bigger and bigger.

    I was placing 100 bets, and then a few weeks later I was regularly betting 1,000 a day.

    By then I was down by several thousand pounds, and the only way I could think of *getting it back was by more betting.

    I was spending around six hours a day betting or researching bets. I missed football training, I skipped homework. Betting was the only thing I could think about.
    The article closes with eight "Telltale signs of a child addict," and a list of statistics that claims an estimated 370,000 children in Britain gamble each week, according to "a Government watchdog" and "more than 250,000 do it through a licensed operator such as a bookmaker or casino, according to the Gambling Commission."

    Read the entire article here: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...80000-12639770

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    I read this when it was re-published on another news site. Reads like fake news to me, the media love these type of stories.

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    Read this one the other day. This event will probably destroy kid's self worth for the rest of his life; his parents not trusting him anymore.

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    The lesson could be: give your child attention rather than access to a credit card.

    But I assume most websites and newspapers will make a completely different story out of it..

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    A kid gambling with the credit card of his father's company and no one noticing it, while this company has an administration and so.

    Ok, bank called the father, kid admitted, etc. But then again? And even the triple amount. With the same cc details and again nobody noticing it, while parents knew it happened before and the company has an administration. And now this parents are blaming ads in a stadium that they're worthless parents, nave and that the administration & controls at their company s****.

    Sounds like a bs story to me.

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    I would be seething if I were that child's father.

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    Sounds like the typical "I gambled my money away, so let's blame the kid".

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    The kid was gambling away thousands of pounds with his father's credit card, and the father didn't know about it until he received a call from the bank 6 months later? I find that very hard to believe. Doesn't he check his credit card statements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbet View Post
    The kid was gambling away thousands of pounds with his father's credit card, and the father didn't know about it until he received a call from the bank 6 months later? I find that very hard to believe. Doesn't he check his credit card statements?
    Corporate account too.. and same card??

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    Am I the only one who misread the title and thought some kid had six fingers chopped off as punishment for gambling. Bit harsh I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyga View Post
    Am I the only one who misread the title and thought some kid had six fingers chopped off as punishment for gambling. Bit harsh I'd say.
    No, you are not! That is exactly what I saw when I scanned the title.

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    Funny, I read that too. It's cause of that excercise text that shows your brain scans the 1st and last letters of the word, and no matter what the middle is. There's this big text of literally gibberish but with proper 1st and last letters and it's completely and easily readable.

    To the topic, sounds like science fiction, but so are most if not all news.
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    This reads and sounds like a completely made up article.
    Is there some way we can report this story to some kind of standards body to check the factual correctness of its contents? It just doesn't ring true at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Sounds like the typical "I gambled my money away, so let's blame the kid".

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    +1, I mean, for 6 months you didn't realize you had 80,000 debt? Or the guy is just super rich? Well, 80k pounds in my country is like a lot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Sounds like the typical "I gambled my money away, so let's blame the kid".

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    Haha yeah what 13-year-old sees a sports betting ad at a stadium and thinks "I want to try and build up a big bankroll." Kids at that age just want to play with RC cars and stuff.

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    Sounds very fake, almost like a story at school to teach a class. Most top casinos have KYC procedures that would quickly stop it from happening.

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