Recently, some users of google Pay have reported receiving unexpected payments from Google. Resulting in a positive balance in their accounts. Some have received as little as a few dollars, while others have received over a thousand dollars. The payments are apparently rewards for services provided, even if the recipients did not provide them. This compensation was directed at the Google team, according to one lucky recipient, android journalist Mishaal Rahman, who received up to $46 in rewards for “dogfooding for the Google Pay Remittance experience”.
Google Pay Users Receive Unexpected Payments as Rewards for Services Provided
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Dogfooding is the act of a company's staff testing a preliminary version of software provided by the company itself. It is possible that a bug in the app or some kind of confusion resulted in these accidental payments. Google has since sent an official message to those affected, stating that the unwanted cash credit has been deposited into their accounts and that where possible, the credit has been reversed. “If we cannot reverse the credit, they will keep the money. And we do not need to take any further action”.
It is essential to note that if you are one of the lucky people who received these unexpected payments and have already spent or transferred the money to your account before Google could take appropriate measures to recover it, then the money is yours, and you are not required to return it.
In conclusion, it seems that some Google Pay users have received unexpected payments from Google as rewards for services provided, even if they did not provide them. The reason for this is unclear. But it may have been due to a bug in the app or some confusion. Google has since sent an official message to those affected. Stating that if they cannot reverse the credit, they will keep the money, and no further action will take place.