— A commuter in Richland, Wash., who thought he was overcharged — by $81 billion — for a tank of gas instead may have been confused by an e-mail about the transaction, his debit card company suggests.
Juan Zamora told the Tri-City Herald newspaper this week that an e-mail he received from PayPal showed a debit card transaction of more than $81 billion, instead of the $26 worth that he said he pumped.
But a spokeswoman for PayPal, Sara Gorman, said Friday that Zamora may have been confused by a merchant identification number that appeared along with details about the transaction in the e-mail. “I can assure you that we did not charge him $81 billion,” Gorman said.
Zamora told the newspaper he had called customer service for PayPal and that the matter had been resolved after some discussion.