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12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Runs up $110,000 Google Bill

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Happy Tuesday Y'all.  I saw this on the news.  I think we've all been there; the fear of a rampant spending account.  Smiley Happy   Google was nice enough to forgive (I'm not sure how he spent $112,000 without being billed once; Google bills me when I hit $500).  

 

"A 12-year-old in Spain reportedly made an expensive mistake, racking up a $112,000 bill when he apparently confused Google's AdWords and AdSense platforms while trying to promote his band."

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/12-year-old-boy-accidentally-runs-110-000-google-bill-n663761

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12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Runs up $110,000 Google Bill

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Hi @Tony_Guo,

 

I was reading this earlier this morning and thought the same things... really cool of Google to forgive it, but how in the world did the 12-year old get that amount so high?

 

Did he set up monthly billing and he had perfect credit? lol

 

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12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Runs up $110,000 Google Bill

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I believe it was all based on Youtube ads and trueview etc.  ( So there must have been a glitch in the billing cycle) because us mere professional mortals would never be able to run up that high a bill without our CC's being hit)

 

12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Runs up $110,000 Google Bill

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Haha...  He couldn't tell it was adwords from ad sense, but knew how to set up monthly billing.  Smiley Happy 

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That's the surprising part.  And sort of scary.  He was able to run the bill up that high without it triggering a warning from Google.  I assume he used his parent's credit card and the limit on the card wasn't $110,000.  Lots of red flags not being triggered, when I'd expect them to be. 

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i have no idea how someone can spend all that and secondly i wonder if there are any other cases like these where a person accidentally spent some money that they were not meant to

 

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zaby