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Google gives me 1,036.83 and i dont know from where

Discussion in 'Adwords' started by mikie46, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. mikie46

    mikie46 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    So on July 6th i recieved an email notification stating;

    We have received your payment of $1,036.83 on July 6th and this money has been now deposited into your adwords account.

    Errr, i was a bit shocked so i logged into my adwords account and sure enough there is 1,036.83 deposited into my adwords account.

    Now i havent used my account in over 6 months, all my campaigns are either deleted or paused. I thought maybe some other adwords advertiser is out 1k and Google credited my account by mistake.

    On July 7th i wrote an email informing them that i did not fund my account with $1,036.83 and that my debit card does not show a charge for this amount.

    I logged into my bank account and that money was not debited from my account so it was not initiated using my debit card.

    Today i received an email stating that i sent them a check which they received on July 6th. They even gave me the check number. I dont have a check number in that range, i did not send them a check and this is all a huge mystery.

    I know that Google was sued awhile back for 20/30million which was pending disperal of funds amongst the advertisers who were advertising on adwords at the time. Thats all i can think off is that this money is the dispersal fund from that suit. Othewise i have no idea where this money came from.

    What should i do? Should i ask them to refund it. :) Should i spend it using advertising? Should i ask them to investigate this further? In 2009 i spent $67k on advertising with them. In 2010 i spent $32k. Is this a refund for invalid click activity, a law suit, a mistake or what?

    Being a very honest person i just cant see myself taking someone elses money like this. But this is the weirdest shit I'v ever heard of.
     
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  2. bluenose10

    bluenose10 Junior Member

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    wow take it,lol
     
  3. daserpent

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    If I were you, I would use it and try different kinds of ads to see which one works the best. I mean 1k to experiment with, is the dream ( for many ).

    You notified them that this money was not withdrawn from your account. So, there is nothing more you can do about this. And if the google support says they have a check in favour of your adwords account for that amount, then I assume, they DO have such a check.

    PS - If you are too worried if the Karma god will punish you for using this money, I will be more than ecstatic to use the $1036.83 :D
     
  4. maxya

    maxya Registered Member

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    Dude, don't take money, it's bad for your karma. Just give me login/pass from your account, I'll crear it for you :D
     
  5. mikie46

    mikie46 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    LOL!! Problem is, if i spend it and they later find out they made a mistake I'll owe them 1k and right now i really dont want to owe the big G 1k.
     
  6. NapsteR

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    Ask for refund. You can use that money. Then if they find out, you can pay them back.
     
  7. CenTex Hosting

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    man that sucks i just went to check my account big G did not mess up and give me a check lol


    If they are saying that you deposited it I would keep that email and then go ahead an use it.
     
  8. Dr_Scythe

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    Maybe just let it sit for a few weeks to see if G does anything to it.

    After 21 days though I'd feel free to use it. Many people I know have applied this logic to mysterious money appearing in their bank accounts
     
  9. daserpent

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    That is not entirely correct.

    1 - You emailed them about this and they CONFIRMED that they had a check with them. So, it is their support that is at fault, not you. You did your part.

    2 - By the time you use up all the money, you would have made a profit ( hopefully ) . People are making like 10x their invesment using adwords alone. So, even if you just make 2x $1000, you would have an extra $1000 to enjoy with even after making G back their original $1k.

    I would like to say this again, USE IT!
     
  10. artizhay

    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    Could you perhaps ask Google for the address on the check so I can contact your donor and get to the bottom of this for you?
     
  11. mikie46

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    I can make back 3x for the niche im in with 1k.
     
  12. LucidMarketing

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    Strange. I've never heard of this.

    I don't believe it's a refund for invalid clicks. Those are usually caught before the click occurs. If not, they are refunded but they don't send you a letter. And it would be unusual to have that many invalid clicks, unless you had 20 at $50 each.

    They say they received a cheque. It wasn't yours. So it must have been someone else's. Somehow, they credited the wrong account. Seems impossible.

    What should you do? Wait a few weeks. Don't spend it. Yet. I don't know the laws and they differ by country. I'm with you that the danger is they would want their money back and you'd be liable. But I also see daserpent's point of view that it's their fault and you are not liable. So best to err on the side of caution for now but if the money is still there a month from now, go ahead.

    I have heard Google being sued a while back, but that was years ago. In fact, it was Yahoo as I recall, not Google. I haven't heard anything about this for a long time and had forgotten about it until you mentioned it. But I doubt your good fortune has anything to do with it. At least, I haven't heard anything of the sort lately.
     
  13. mikie46

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    Google was sued around the time i was heavy into Adwords PPC back in 2009. A class action lawsuit was filed because advertisers who set their accounts to only show during a specific time of the day were actually seeing adspent during the times they did not want google to show their ads.

    They were sued for millions and Google put 20/30mil into an account that would be disbursed amongst advertisers who could show that this glich in their system actually affected their accounts. I even received a letter about this class action lawsuit back in 2009.

    Thats all i know about the suit. I remember it as clear as a bell.

    The check number they gave me starts wtih 22xxxxxxxx which is a very strange number. My check numbers are only 4 digits. That check number almost looks like a company check or a check number from a settlement account. I have no idea. What i find strange is the .83 cents as in $1,036.83

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    Hello [me],
    
    
    Hope you are doing well. Thank you for your patience while our specialists investigated this charge of $1,036.83.
    
    Our records indicate that we received a cheque for this value from you on July 6. The cheque number is 22xxxxxxxx.
    
    Please confirm whether this payment was initiated by you. Perhaps you could speak to your bank to know more about this.
    
    If you are positive that this payment was not made by you, please let me know and I would be glad to look into this further.
    
    Have a nice day!
    
    
    Best,
    
    Sreedevi
    The Google AdWords Team
    
     
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  14. alexvin

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    This is my money, give it back)))
     
  15. SH3RMAN

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    Buy some weed/hash :D

    mmm 1 000$ / 50$ = ..ho man ! you can buy 20 pure grammes of the best hash:
    ICE O LATOR VIOLATOR in holland :'D

    you're a lucky man :p
     
  16. etrader

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    I dont know how to fund adwords with checks but , if people write only adwords ID , maybe some one mistyped his ID ??..I dont know but really strange .

    And how did you answer to this new email ?
     
  17. -s3c-

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    I wouldn't take it... a few weeks ago 2K appeared in my Paypal, Paypal said they sorted it when I phoned them, went through phone and I.D. verification, told them my account been hacked or something but the money is still thier and I aint touching it. Who knows where the money came from?

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...d-money-transfered-into-my-account-wierd.html

    I would get them to investigate it further... You don't want any trouble with the law.
     
  18. Themrh

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    You could of been on a bender and forgot all about spending the money? Refund from 09/10 ? I cant imagine them ever asking for it back especially after you have already contacted them.
     
  19. vishalgmistry

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    tell them to investigate more.
    believe in karma.
     
  20. SpareTimeBillionaire

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    Google Adwords recently gave me £75,000 on a one hundred pound voucher. I blogged about it at the time. Anyway, they soon sorted it out and took the money back but gave me an extra £50 pounds advertising for my inconvenience.

    I'm not going to complain about or recommend attempting to get one over on Google... Tell them to investigate further as someone else is probably wondering why their account has not been credited.