A PARENT has slammed after a TikTok dancer “cheated” her youngest daughter, who has learning difficulties, to hand over £2,000 of “coins”.
The parent, identified only by the initials AH, said his eldest daughter was gifted a new iPhone last Christmas.
Then their youngest daughter, who has autism, started playing on the phone at the age of 10 and became the “victim” of the dancer known on TikTok as “Ohidur247,” who they claim “tricked” her into have to give him “coins” worth a total of £2,012.
The parents only realized what had happened when they started getting email bills from Apple in their inbox and they took her phone away.
They say they followed Apple’s process to request refunds for the 23 consecutive purchases, but were denied.
The parent then emailed Apple “several times” but received no response.
They also wrote to the regional headquarters in Ireland but received no confirmation.
Eventually, they received an email with a link to the court case, which they said contained “very little information whatsoever.”
In a letter to Telegraph Consumer Advocate Katie Morley, they wrote: “That’s so much money to lose in a matter of minutes this way.
“I think Apple let me down by not identifying the unusual activity on my account and protecting me by blocking suspicious payments.
“I also feel that the customer support was non-existent.”
They added that they wanted to find out how the TikTokers “convinced” their daughter to hand over the money and that their condition meant they were unable to fully determine what happened from their account of events.
The TikTok account “Ohidur247” had four million followers and was verified with a blue tick.
Following a query from the Telegraph, TikTok responded that it had investigated but could not explain what the payment was for.
However, no rule violation was found.
A message sent to “Ohidur247” received a response from TikTok that the account was suspended.
After being contacted again, TikTok confirmed that a further investigation found that the account holder had violated its policies regarding scams and fraud.
According to The Telegraph, the profile enticed a number of users into paying him “coins” in exchange for followers, but “nothing ever materialized in return.”
While “Ohidur247” has been permanently banned from live streaming, her four million strong account remains verified and active.
Apple, meanwhile, took action to clarify the situation and fully refunded the loss, but stressed the need to enable Kids Mode on the phone.
The Sun Online has reached out to TikTok for comment.
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