Overnight Millionaire Emerges from Bank Error
Nationwide, a British bank with assets exceeding $333 billion, inadvertently transformed one of its customers into an overnight multimillionaire when an unexpected windfall of approximately $10.9 million mysteriously appeared in his account.
The beneficiary of this unexpected wealth is Dane Gillespie, a resident of Belfast, Ireland. Mr. Gillespie had initially deposited a birthday check valued at around $10,900 into his Nationwide account.
To his astonishment, he witnessed an astronomical sum of money flooding into his account due to an apparent glitch that tacked on three additional zeroes.
Dane’s mother said, “I mentioned to him this morning that the check should be deposited into his savings account. He responded with a simple ‘alright.’ The next moment, my husband sent me a snapshot of Dane’s bank account details, and it took me a moment to fully grasp the situation.
Dane was already joking about ordering a Porsche, to which I replied, ‘Don’t be silly; that’s not our money. We need to address this.'”
Despite Dane’s initial inclination to spend the unexpected windfall, the family decided to exercise caution and waited. Fortunately, the bank rectified the situation, restoring Dane’s account balance to its original state within a matter of hours.
In a separate incident in Ireland the previous month, a distinctive “free money” glitch surfaced. A software bug within the Bank of Ireland, a billion-dollar institution, gained notoriety on the social media platform X for allowing customers to withdraw funds they were not entitled to.
This bug enabled individuals to transfer approximately $1,000, even in cases where their accounts lacked sufficient funds, to digital banking apps like Revolut.