A dad was left more than £1,000 out of pocket after his nine-year-old daughter guessed his PayPal password and ‘accidentally’ booked herself a dream holiday for one to Disneyland Paris. Ian Wilson was asleep when schoolgirl Susan went on the spending spree using his mobile phone – which was not password protected.
Susan splashed out £400 on flights and a hotel gift card, £214.08 on a VIP trip up the Eiffel Tower and £391.84 on Disneyland Express train and park tickets all for the next day. She made the booking on August 24 and Ian, 53, did not realize what his daughter had done until three days later when he saw the money had been taken from his account.
The welding inspector told “I don’t think Susan really realizes the enormity of what she had done. She’s said sorry and promised 10p to help pay it back.” Susan, who usually holidays in Skegness, says she has no idea how she managed to book the trip.
Susan accidentally booked the tour through German website Getyourguide, while the flights and hotel were booked with budget airline Bravofly. As soon as he realized what Susan had done Ian, from Lincolnshire, phoned Yorkshire Bank, Paypal and the travel companies in a bid to get his money back.
However, at first, the companies refused to refund the cash on the basis that no fraud was actually committed. Susan’s mum Tracey told Mirror.co.uk: “At first we had no idea where the money had gone and it wasn’t until Ian checked his [phone] history that we found out.
“We were completely open and honest to the bank and Paypal about what happened. We never went on the holiday. A £1,000 is a lot of money for us and we just wanted it back.
“Susan really knows her way around her tablet but that is completely internet safe so she can’t do things like this. Ian’s phone isn’t but we will be keeping it out of her way from now on.”
PayPal eventually refunded the £1005.92 as a goodwill gesture and described what had happened as ‘friendly fraud’. Ian has now put a pin on his phone to ensure his daughter cannot get on it so easily.