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An 11-year-old boy has landed his mother in debt , after splashing more than £1000 on Xbox Live, without her knowledge.

Mum-of-two Dawn Matthews entered her debit card details into the console to buy her son, Brendan, an Xbox Live membership to play against buddies online.

The 37-year-old went about her business, blissfully unaware that Brendan used her details to buy games, weapons and costumes for his characters, Kent Online reports.

The spending spree continued until Matthews tried to pay a phone bill this month, at which point her card was declined. When she contacted the bank, she was told everything had been spent on Xbox Live, with 25 payments alone made in the last two months. In one month Brendan spent £350. His entire expenditure totalled £1087.

Dawn said she failed to notice the debts because she had no access to online banking and was busy sorting through numerous letters about her direct debits bouncing. She attributed this to " the recession and rising costs of petrol and food".

She plans to contact a solicitor about the payments as Barclays and Microsoft both deny liability over the already-paid bill.

The Xbox Live account is now been closed and Brendan is probably seeking a paper round. ®

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