A twelve year old boy from Torrevieja decided to set up a website to bring fame and try to earn money for his brass band. José Javier hoped that by signing up for Adwords he would be able to buy instruments for Los Salerosos.
Unfortunately, José confused the popular Google Adsense program (in which content creators and website owners get paid for ad space) with Google’s Adwords service (in which companies and individuals pay Google for advertising).
When he signed up, José gave his bank details thinking that Google would be making deposits to it. Instead, he racked up €100,000 in advertising fees.
Google recognise that it was a mistake and that a 12 year old boy would not want to spend that much money advertising his website so they have agreed to waive the debt.