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Google accidentally sends $250,000 to blogger

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A blogger says he received an unexpected payment of $249,999.999 from Google in August, 2022 (Getty Images/ iStock)
A blogger says he received an unexpected payment of $249,999.999 from Google in August, 2022 (Getty Images/ iStock)

Google “randomly” sent an online blogger a quarter of a million dollars in August in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Sam Curry, who also works as a security engineer at Yuga Labs, revealed that the tech giant took more than three weeks to respond to his query about the funds.

Mr Curry said he had previously taken part in bug bounty programs, which pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in software, but that there was no link to this work and the cash deposit.

“It’s been a little over three weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard anything on the support ticket,” Mr Curry tweeted, together with a screengrab of the payment.

“Is there any way we could get in touch @Google? (It’s OK if you don’t want it back...).”

Mr Curry told The Independent on Monday that after reaching out to Google Support and posting the tweet last week, the company reached out to him via email to organise the repayment.

“I went into local Wells Fargo and explained everything then they helped send the accidental money back,” he said.

A Google spokeperson confirmed to The Independent that the issue had been resolved.

“Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party as the result of human error,” the spokesperson said. “We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the impacted partner.”

In a similar case reported last week, it was revealed that cryptocurrency exchange accidentally sent a woman in Australia $10.5 million.

Instead of making attempts to return the money, the Melbourne resident instead bought a five-bedroom house before had even realised the error.

The case is now being heard by Victoria’s Supreme Court.