Unauthorized Google Ads charges

If you think you received an unauthorized charge from Google Ads, here's what to do:

  1. Confirm that the charge is actually from Google Ads by comparing it with the examples below.
  2. Check with colleagues, friends, and family to see if anyone created a Google Ads account for you.
  3. If you don't have a Google Ads account but received a charge from Google Ads, contact us immediately with a scan or screenshot of the charge, and we'll be happy to help.

How Google Ads charges appear on your statement

The way that Google Ads charges appear on your credit card or bank statement can vary depending on the credit card you're using. Typically, here's what you can expect to see if you're using the following payment methods:

Visa or MasterCard

If you've been charged by Google Ads and you're using Visa or MasterCard to pay, you might see any of the following charges on your statement:

  • GOOGLE ADS. CC@GOOGLE.COM
  • GOOGLE*GOOG[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE*SVCS[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE*ADWS[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]

If you notice more than one customer ID on your statement, it might mean that you have more than one Google Ads account associated with that payment method.

American Express

If you've been charged by Google Ads and you're using American Express to pay, you might see any of the following on your statement:

  • GOOGLE LTD. CC@GOOGLE.COM GOOGLE ADS ADVERTISING
  • GOOGLE INC. CC@GOOGLE.COM GOOGLE ADS ADVERTISING
  • GOOGLE*SVCS[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE*ADWS[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]

If you notice more than one customer ID on your statement, it might mean that you have more than one Google Ads account associated with that payment method.

Bank account (direct debit)

If you've been charged by Google Ads and you're using direct debit to pay, you might see any of the following on your statement:

  • Goog_[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • Google_[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • Google[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOOGLE_A[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE_[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]
  • GOOGLE ADS[10-digit Google Ads Customer ID]

Sometimes a banking delay causes the charge to be shown on your bank statement a few days after it's shown on your transaction history page. For example, a charge might be shown on your transaction history page as occurring on April 7, but it appears on your bank statement as occurring on April 10. This kind of delay is normal.

Reporting unauthorized charges

If you don't have a Google Ads account but see charges on your bank account or credit card statement for Google Ads, please review the following steps.

  1. Make sure the charges are actually for Google Ads. You can see examples of what Google Ads charges look like above.
  2. See if you can access the Google Ads account. Check with family, colleagues, or friends who might've created the account for you. If that's the case, take the account details from them to control the account. If you don't have the account information, please fill out the following form: I lost my login information.
  3. If you've confirmed that nobody you know created a Google Ads account for you, please contact us immediately. Be sure to include a screenshot or a scanned copy of your bank or credit card statement to help us investigate the charges. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
    • Include a date, amount, source, and destination of the payment.
    • The file itself should be unchanged and uneditable.
    • The file should be in .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf, or .tiff format.

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