Girl, 13, wipes out familys savings by splurging £48k on addictive mobile game

A young girl is feared to have wiped out her family’s entire 449,500 yuan (£48,000) savings by playing a game on her mobile phone.

The 13-year-old from Henan, central China, is reported by theSouth China Morning Postto have found her mother’s bank card and used it to fund the game freely.

Her mother, Wang, was informed by a teacher who had noticed the girl had been spending a lot of time on her phone and feared she might have been into pay-to-play games.

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Local outlets reported that Wang checked her bank account only to find that it was effectively empty.

Reports have since gathered footage of a tearful Wang with page after page of bank statements detailing outgoings to the mobile game.

Some 100,000 yuan was allegedly spent on buying games for other classmates.

"When they asked me to pay for their games, I paid despite feeling reluctant," the girl said.

AsiaOne reports she held back the information from her teacher because "her parents would find out and get angry".

Wang says her daughter deleted all the transactions on the phone.

According to the Post, the girl managed to drain the cash in a remarkably-fast four months, spending some 120,000 yuan on the games themselves and 210,000 yuan on in-game purchases.

The girl is understood to have claimed not to know much about money or where it came from and when she found the card simply linked it to her phone.

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