Teenager uses adult's password to make $3.53 million in eBay bids

Incident Date: May 24 2002
Incident Location: OH USA

A 13-year-old boy used the eBay account and password belonging to a friendís mother to win auctions totaling about $3.53 million on May 24, 2002. He made the purchases on the Internet using computers in his science class at Beaver Middle School in Ohio. Items the boy attempted to purchase include a helicopter (at $1.94 million), a jet (at $351,528), a pick-up truck, and motorbikes.

The woman found out about the purchases made from her account when she was contacted by the owner of the helicopter to discuss payment terms. The woman cancelled the transactions. Authorities have not charged the boy, but he was disciplined by school officials

Story Sources

Title: Boy buys jet, helicopter
Date: 6/4/2002
Publication Location: Australia
Publication URL: http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,4445704%255E401,00.html

Title: 13-year-old 'used school computer to buy eBay copter and jet'
Date: 5/31/2002
Publication Location:
Publication URL: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_599748.html?menu=news.latestheadlines

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