Google erroneously sent a security engineer a payment of nearly a quarter of a million dollars, the engineer said in a tweet last week.
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The tech giant “randomly” sent him $249,999 “a little over 3 weeks ago,” Yuga Labs security engineer Sam Curry tweeted from his verified account. In his Sept. 13 tweet, Curry included a photo of what appears to be a nearly $250,000 payment from “Google Llc Edi Pymnts.”
“I still haven’t heard anything on the support ticket. Is there any way we could get in touch @Google?” the engineer wrote at the time. “(It’s OK if you don’t want it back…).”
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Curry told FOX Business on Monday that he has since been in contact with Google and returned the funds to the tech giant.
“Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party as a result of human error,” a Google spokesperson told FOX Business. “We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the affected partner.”
“I thought it was all pretty fun, sad I had to send it back, and can’t help but wonder if they’d have noticed if I kept it!” Curry said.
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In late July, Google’s parent company Alphabet reported about $69.69 billion in second-quarter revenues for 2022, compared to roughly $61.88 for the same period last year. As a result, its net income narrowed to $16 billion from $18.5 billion.