A Louisiana family received $50 billion accidentally transferred to their bank account. And they became the 25th richest person on Earth in less than 4 days.
Darren James, 47, a real estate broker from Baton Roughe (Louisiana, United States) returned home and was informed by his wife of shocking news. His wife held up the phone and said, “Look at this!”. When he opened the phone, James was equally shocked to see that their bank account had just added $50 billion.
“All we thought at the time was who was going to knock on our door. Because we didn’t know who sent the money”.
“It feels great to feel a lot of zeros in my account. I’m just a member of 1-comma club, not 3-comma club (Club for billionaires)”, James laughs because normally he only has thousands of dollars, not trillions of dollars.
James and his wife started calling Chase Bank shortly after they saw the strange money moving into their account on June 12. But the money was still there for me a few days later. “I’ve been a billionaire for four days. It’s a great feeling even though there’s nothing you can do about it,” he said.
“We knew the money wasn’t ours. We didn’t earn it, so there was nothing we could do. We can’t spend it because it’s theft,” James said.
James had heard of up to 150 other people across the US receiving mysterious deposits at the same time and they were concerned about the security of their accounts. A woman named Julia Yonkowski, of Largo, Florida, recently received $1 billion in her Chase account when she withdrew just $20 from an ATM. Then she had to find someone to help pay the money back.
Chase Bank said the money the James family was mistakenly transferred has been settled. “We experienced a technical issue over a week ago affecting a limited number of accounts. The issue has been resolved and those accounts are now showing the correct balances,” the company spokesperson told Fox.