As a public service to those of you who are not doubters, I received my free ten dollars from Google today. Be careful though. The envelope will be generic. Mine just had a return address of Omaha, Nebraska on it. The envelope was super thin and easy to dismiss as junk mail. I opened it up and there was one sheet of paper and the card.
Curiously, the letter head was from metabank and said it was from "IRR CREAM". It also said it was a replacement card for a "reported everywhere reward MasterCard lost or stolen".
I called the 800 number and they confirmed it was my ten dollars from Google.
Hey it looks like they DID "just give me ten dollars instead" after all!