Genius 6-Year-Old Uses Sleeping Mom’s Thumbprint To Buy $250 Worth Of Toys

It's the most adorable fraud story of the year.

By Jaime Lutz

That’s one way to make sure you get what you want for Christmas.

Ashlynd Howell, who is 6 years old, used her sleeping mother’s thumbprint to unlock her mom’s phone and order herself $250 worth of Pokémon toys on the phone’s Amazon app, the Wall Street Journal first reported, in what might be the most adorable fraud story of the year.

When her parents saw that they had received 13 confirmation emails about the purchases, they thought they might have been hacked—until their daughter spoke up.

 “No, Mommy, I was shopping,” Howell reportedly said. “But don’t worry—everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house.” 

Ultimately, only four of the toys were able to be returned, and Howell, according to her mom, is very proud of her behavior. So young, and already a hardened criminal.

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