9-Year Old Hacks Dad's PayPal To Book A Trip To Disneyland

November 10, 2017

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We spend a lot of time and money to protect our finances from outside hackers but what about an inside job.  Nine year old Susan Wilson of England may be heading down the wrong road, or just really wanted a trip to Disneyland as she was able to book a vacation for the entire family by paying for it on her dad's PayPal account.  One night while her dad, Ian was asleep, he picked up his phone and started to surf the Internet.  One click lead to another and eventually a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris was booked through her dad's PayPal account, which included roundtrip airfare to Paris, tickets to Disneyland Paris and a VIP family tour of the Eiffel Tower (no hotel though!).  Through a bit of guess work she figured out the PayPal password and the $1,300 trip was booked.  It wasn't until three days later that Ian discovered the money missing from his account.  You could imagine his shock when PayPal confirmed the Disneyland Paris trip with payments that came from an authorized device with his password.  After Ian searched his web browser history did he discover all the travel web sites and Susan admitted she was the one looking on his phone but isn’t sure how she booked everything.  In fact, she said, "I don’t know where Paris is or what the Eiffel Tower is.”  However since the purchases were authorized there was no fraud had been committed and they were not going to refund the money spent on everything. Eventually, PayPal offered a goodwill gesture and said that it was simply a matter of “friendly fraud” and refunded all of the money to the family.

SOURCE: Inquisitr

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