AdSense Account Hacked, Google Sends ~$25,000 Payment To India?

May 12, 2010 • 9:03 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

A large Google AdSense publisher said his AdSense account was hacked into a month or so ago. A guy went in, changed his payee information to an address in India and he didn't notice until the payment was sent already. The publisher emailed Google about four weeks ago and has yet to receive a response from Google. So he posted a thread at WebmasterWorld to complain and get some advice.

It appears from this publisher's posts in the forum that he makes between $20,000 and $30,000 per month with Google AdSense. If that is the case, you have to imagine the check that went to this Indian address was about that amount.

The five-year old WebmasterWorld member said:

Someone hacked my Adsense account.

The payment has been re-routed to a person in India.

I found Google Adsense's support email and sent them an email with all the details. That was four weeks ago.

Zero response. Google can't figure out how this was done or how to stop it.

If you're using Adsense, you must watch it closely. It's hackable. And Google can't stop it.

So far, Google has not yet responded, but honestly, I am not sure what Google can do at this point.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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05/12/2010 03:20 pm

Sounds like someone should get Direct Deposit!

No Name

05/12/2010 08:14 pm

It sounds like Google should stop pay on the check and issue a new one to the actual "owner" of the account. Had they acted quickly, they might have been able to stop the check before it was cashed. 4 weeks later - highly doubtful.

Nitin G

05/13/2010 09:15 am

Now this sounds quite stupid. Now the person can change the payee address but what about the payee name. Even if the guy changed the payee name and address, Google sends an email immediately after it is done. So was the guy sleeping for 4 weeks. Please don't spoil the name of any nation. If you behave in such a careless manner, problems are surely occur.

No Name

05/16/2010 02:10 am

Now this is some crazy news to read about, If they ever hack my account out they will next to nothing. Even for the fact that I am starving as is this would be a real headache for me. I hope this problem gets solved.


06/09/2010 07:52 am

how to hack my account A/C is in

No Name

07/15/2010 11:20 am

There are many ways to use AdSense to achieve your goals.Some people are using AdSense to earn a great deal of money in amounts that you would not have thought was possible unless you robbed a bank.


10/01/2010 06:35 pm

I just hope it was kind of a mistake from google, otherwise adsense wouln't be dependable


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11/08/2010 12:45 pm

even i am a publisher of Google adsense its sound horrible for me as well.Google should need some immediate steps to implements some more accurate rules to avoid misleading


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01/17/2011 06:24 am

These are some great tools, but I wish Google would start developing something alike for Chrome, or would allow development of plugins.

Joe Njenga

05/09/2014 01:30 am

My Google Adsense account was hacked and someone is holding me at ransom. I posted on Google Adsense forums but still not reply. The account has money and I no access!category-topic/adsense/i-have-an-active-account-working-with-adsense/LuQ-tw3KDvc I am still waiting for the miracle to happen.

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