A common warning for people with credit cards is to check your statements carefully for fraud. You should also routinely check to make sure your family isn’t racking up charges too, as this cautionary tale warns.
A 12-year-old racked up $1,400 in charges on Farmville, using up his savings and using his mom’s credit card, because, as the kid says, there was good stuff available. The child purchased Facebook credits, which can be used in a variety of applications, and the credit card company said as such they didn’t find it suspicious.
There are plenty of stories out there about the addictiveness of Farmville, and how it’s a solid moneymaker for Zynga, the company who developed it and other social Facebook games. But this should serve as a reminder to keep an eye on your bill for unauthorized charges.