Amazon is refunding up to $70M in-app purchases made by kids

The refunds came after the FTC accused Amazon in 2014 of making it too easy for kids to rack up in-app purchases while playing games like Pet Shop Story and Ice Age Village.

More than a year ago, Amazon was found liable for unfairly billing parents for kids' in-app purchases. purchases.

Purchases must have been made between November 2011 and May 2016.

It did not require a password to make purchases within apps. If you aren't eligible, you'll see a message that says "Sorry, but you do not appear to have any potentially eligible in-app purchase refunds as defined by the court".

"Amazon.com, Inc. has begun offering refunds to consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children", the FTC said in its announcement.

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.

Now, those app account users are possibly entitled to refunds. If you're eligible for a refund, you'll find more information under Important Messages. In June 2016, the FTC used the defendants' sales records to mail full refunds to almost 200,000 people who bought the products online.

Refund requests may be submitted through May 28, 2018, and anyone with questions can call Amazon at 866-216-1072.

  • Zachary Reyes