A man received an almost $250,000 payout from Google despite having done no work for the organization.
Sam Curry, a security engineer at Yuga Labs, reported that it took the tech giant more than three weeks to react to his inquiry regarding the money.
Mr Curry stated that he had previously participated in bug bounty schemes, which pay hackers to uncover software flaws. Still, he claimed there was no connection between this activity and the cash transfer.
“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, with a screenshot 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 stated on Monday that after contacting Google Support and tweeting about it last week, the company contacted him through email to arrange the reimbursement.
“I went into local Wells Fargo and explained everything, and then they helped send the accidental money back,” he said.
A Google representative informed CNN that the problem had been fixed and that the incorrect payment resulted from “human error.”
“Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party as the result of human error,” said a Google spokesperson. “We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the impacted partner, and we are working to correct it.”