12-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Owed Google Lots of Money


A 12-year-old boy thought he was becoming a rich and famous YouTuber, but instead found out he owed Google $120,000 for advertising services that he accidentally used.

The boy confused two Google services, and instead of being paid through Google Adsense, a program that pays website owners for their ad spaces, he was using Google Adwords, a service where people pay Google to advertise.

José Javier entered his personal bank account number that his parents set up for him to save money, and then the charges placed on his account started to quickly pile up.

Inma Quesada, the mother of the teenager, told Spanish news agency, El País, that she didn’t know what her son was doing. She said José and a friend believed by using the service they would be rewarded for advertisements instead of paying for them.

Google has recently released a statement on the issue, saying they would waive the bill:

We have analyzed this case and we haven’t received payment from this particular user. We will proceed to cancel the user’s pending AdWords balance. Many online services, including Google AdWords, have age restrictions policies in place. We know how important it is to keep the family environment safe on the Internet. That’s why parents have our Safety Center available.

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