After the incident came to light, the father forced the teenager to work at a scooter repair shop Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: A 17-year-old boy in Punjab lost nearly Rs 16 lakh from the bank accounts of his parents after he spent all the money on the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, as many call it.

The huge amount of money was spent on buying game related items such as artillery, passes for tournaments and ammunition for virtual guns over a period of month. According to the family, Rs 16 lakh was set aside as savings for the treatment of the boy’s father.

The teenager told his parents that he was using the mobile phone of his father for online studies but instead ended up playing PUBG Mobile for hours, according to reports.

The boy knew that bank accounts of his father was linked to the smartphone and he used the details for excessive purchase of game related items on PUBG Mobile for almost a month.

According to the father, the boy used to make transactions in the game and later used to delete the messages that were sent from the bank. The parents came to know of the huge expenses only when they reviewed their bank statements. According to the family, the boy not only spent his father’s entire savings of medical treatment but also ended up spending all the money from his mother’s provident fund and his own account too.

The boy would also regularly shuffle money between his father’s and mother’s bank account to evade being detected of the spending he did.

“After we received details from the bank, I found that on several occasions, he shuffled amount from one bank to another to avoid nil balance. He was using his mother’s phone for quite some time and she was not much vigilant to notice this,” the father of the teenager said while speaking to the media.

After the incident came to light, the father forced the teenager to work at a scooter repair shop.

“I just can’t let him sit idle at home and cannot give him a mobile phone even for studying. He is working at a scooter repair shop so that he realises how hard it is to earn money. I am hopeless now as the money was saved for my son’s future” added the father.

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