We tend to think of banks as nameless and faceless money sucking machines, and whenever they make an error, its usually at our expense.
But when one customer found an incredible mistake in his account he was extremely happy, for a short time at least.
Imagine waking up in the morning and going about your usual business – brushing your teeth, getting dressed, walking the dog and then heading off to work.
At some point of this seemingly normal day, the likes of which you’ve had many, you get a text message from your bank alerting you to a change in your account balance.
You stop to think for a second: “what did i get?” or “what payment was due?” and wonder just how low your balance is now.
When you check your account you have to rub your eyes and pinch yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming.
Your balance has actually increased, and not by a few dollars, or even thousands.
The new balance is over $6 billion more than it was when you went to sleep last night.
That’s what happened to a Deutsche Bank customer last June.
According to documents recently uncovered, a junior sales team representative entered incorrect account information into the bank’s systems, causing the ridiculous amount to be sent to an account holder in the U.S.
The error was corrected a day later and the funds were returned to their proper destination, but we’re not so sure that the customer in question (who went un-named in all documents) took it that well, after all, it’s not every day you become a billionaire only to lose your fortune a day later.