Google waives boy’s €100,000 bill

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

MADRID: Fame came at a price for a Span­ish boy who mis­tak­enly racked up €100,000 (RM465,000) in ad­ver­tis­ing fees with Google as he at­tempted to make his brass band fa­mous online.

This week, though, the in­ter­net gi­ant said they would waive his ex­or­bi­tant bill af­ter re­al­is­ing the 12year-old made a costly “mis­take”.

In Au­gust, Jose Javier from the south­east­ern sea­side city of Tor­re­vieja cre­ated an ac­count with AdWords, a Google pay-per-click ser­vice that al­lows ads to show up above search re­sults and on other sites.

The cus­tomer gives his or her credit card de­tails, and only pays when some­one clicks on the link.

But Javier – whose par­ents had opened a sav­ings ac­count in his name – gave his bank­ing de­tails think­ing he was go­ing to earn money from ads on his home­made web­site.

His mother Inma Que­sada told the El Pais daily that her son “wanted to buy in­stru­ments” for his band, in which he plays the trum­pet. – AFP

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