Imagine if you opened up your bank account one day and discovered that instead of the balance you expected to have, you have more, or at least that’s what you think. Then you go and spend that money that you don’t actually have, and now the bank is asking you to return it.
That is pretty much what’s happening to customers on the Google Store. Google recently pushed out a UI update to the store but it appears that due to a bug, the new UI is erroneously showing users that they have $500 of store credit available. For customers who might not be paying attention, it might lead to them accidentally spending money thinking that they had $500 in credit.
Users who encounter this bug should most definitely check their account settings to make sure that this is correct. Thankfully, it only appears in the drop-down account menu, so users who try to purchase something will see their actual credit reflected closer to checkout, so like we said, if you’re paying attention then you will realize that you don’t actually have $500 in credit from Google.
Also, it’s been pointed out that this only affects users who have some credit left in their account that they haven’t spent yet. This means if you never use Google Store credit to make purchases, then you probably won’t run into this issue. Hopefully Google will fix the bug soon, but in the meantime, do pay attention before you make your next purchase.