Google Pay money unintentionally deposited to your account might be yours to keep

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Google Pay money unintentionally deposited to your account might be yours to keep

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Bank errors in one’s favor are known to happen in Monopoly, but Google Pay users who noticed money deposited to their accounts may have just experienced this in real life.

Multiple users of Google Pay, a financial transfer service to make digital purchases and transfers, reported that Google accidentally deposited cash in their accounts, with these payments ranging from $10 to $1,000. The payments arrived in users’ accounts through Google Pay’s rewards program, not dissimilar to a reward program for a credit card, and users are being informed of the mistake through an email sent to them from Google Pay, according to Ars Technica.

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“An unintended cash credit was deposited to your Google Pay account,” the email said. “The issue has since been resolved and where possible, the credit has been reversed. If we were able to reverse the credit, it has already been reflected in your account activity. If we were not able to reverse the credit, the money is yours to keep. No further action is necessary.”

Several Google Pay users reported receiving “Reward” money for “dogfooding the Google Pay Remittance experience.” The term “dogfooding” means “internally beta testing pre-release software,” meaning the free money was likely only intended to be issued to Google employees or testing partners.

It is not known the exact number of people who were affected by this error or how much total money users got to keep from this mistake.

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As of September of last year, Google is worth over $253 billion, according to GOBankingRates.

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