Amazon offering over $70M in refunds for kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Good news, parents!

If you had a kiddo incur charges through in-app Amazon purchases without your permission, you can now claim a refund from Amazon.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that Amazon will begin considering and offering refunds for unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids between November 2011 and May 2016 on all Amazon devices.

Amazon has reached out to all eligible customers via email about the refund-eligible charges, which total more than $70 million, according to the FTC.

Officials say the charges were incurred because Amazon didn’t require a password for purchases made in apps, allowing children to buy upgrades that were otherwise free.

The deadline to apply for a refund is May 28, 2018.

>> Sign in to your Amazon account to see if you’re eligible for a refund.

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