110 ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account

ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account

Posted on August 27, 2006 by team


This story happened a few days ago in Ekaterinburg city, in Ural region in Russia. One man decided to add some money to his bank account via ATM. He went to the nearest one and put 2,000 roubles (around $74). The ATM took the money and returned him a slip. Here is the photo of that slip:

The amount on the slip was 2,006,699,00 RUR (around $7,430,000). He was astonished, he has got another slip – and still the amount was the same. So he decided to go the bank and tell them about the mistake ATM made.

He arrived to the bank and told a clerk his story, also showed a slip, but the clerk was not interested in the situation. “Many strange things happen buddy” told the clerk to the 2 billion roubles account holder, “Come back please some other time, I’ve got lot of things to do right now”. 

The man got offended with such a response. He went straight to the nearest ATM and started withdrawing the cash. All the day he was going from one ATM to another withdrawing the daily limit of each one. Between the withdrawals he was again putting some more millions to his account in total his balance reached 20 billion roubles ($70 million). russian man who was able to get $700 million due to atm mistake

All the money he put in big shoe boxes and afterwards took all those boxes and went again to that bank clerk. He rammed the box to the clerk desk. “What’s this? What are you doing?”, asked him the clerk. “It’s money. Millions of roubles”.

Clerk was really shocked. He called other bank workers and they all got greatly amazed by what they were presented. They took the money from the “magic” cardholder, told him “thank you” for his honest and unusual behavior, and he went home.

On the way home he again went to a nearest ATM and tried the trick. And again he has got 2 billion roubles available after his 2 thousand transfer. He again called the bank but nobody wanted to be in charge of this growing incident.  Only a few hours later all the ATMs of this bank were turned off.

It’s a typical Russian incident from my point of view. I don’t think that in any other country bank workers could be so irresponsible, mistakes so huge buy amounts and poor people so honest.
This story was also published in Russian newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” and in some Russian blogs.

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110 Responses to “ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account”

  1. Anonymous says:

    ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account…

     

  2. Elliot Greene says:

    This shows the level of service at some banks. Even when something is being done in the best interest of the bank its difficult to get help. Some clerk.

  3. Docs says:

    i second that

  4. ryan says:

    one could only wonder what would have happened if he did not say anything!

  5. Mark says:

    Wow! If they don’t listen, keep the money!

  6. Anonymous says:

    ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account…

    A Russian Bank ATM deposits $7000,00,000 into a man’s account after he deposits only 74$!!…

  7. FunEnclave says:

    ATM mistake lead to $700,000,000 credited to bank account…

    [QUOTE]This story happened a few days ago in Ekaterinburg city, in Ural region in Russia. One man decided to add some money to his bank account via ATM. He went to the nearest one and put 2,000 rouble……

  8. Elephonkey says:

    Russian Banking Error Gives Man $70,000,000…

    I am not sure I would invest in Russian banks any time soon. An error managed to give this poor Russian guy millions of extra Roubles and no one at the bank seemed to care. The story is actually……

  9. pong says:

    Does anybody know what was a cause of this trouble?
    Did he find a special operation to get huge money back to his account?

  10. sato says:

    nice story but ur reading and/or math is off… that last one is a decimal point, not a comma. still some nice extra cash but it’s 20 million rubles ($70,000), not 2 billion (7,000,000).

  11. Earwin says:

    The story is stolen from ‘some Russian blogs’ together with images, putting your watermarks on them is a bad thing to do.
    The city it happened in is Novosibirsk, not Ekaterinburg.
    The person who was involved in the incident serves in a police, economic crimes division, so his behaviour is quite understandable.

    As for this passage “It’s a typical Russian incident from my point of view. I don’t think that in any other country bank workers could be so irresponsible, mistakes so huge buy amounts and poor people so honest.”..
    Read the link: http://goodthink.com/writing/view_stories.cfm?id=11&page_id=2

  12. warrior_ says:

    Hello!
    There are “dot” after whole part of roubles in russian mathematics :-)

    So, its about 20 mln roubles, equal about $750.000

    As I know, this history was in many russian newspapers and bank has return their money :-(

  13. Dr Otter says:

    So that’s where Roman Abramovic, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, got his money from!

  14. Anton says:

    Similar thing happened to me at a Citibank in Los Angeles, I deposited $21,918.97 and the clerk between taking my deposit talking on the phone and flirting with his girlfriend inputed it all as $2,191,897.00. I told him “it looks like you are putting a lot of money into my account” and he said “yeah, man, you gotta lotta money” The money stayed in my account for a few days, I was tempted to withdraw and run, but two million did not seem enough to risk a chase :). I keep a balance printout the wall. I also stopped doing business at Citibank.

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  17. Ivan Mikhailov says:

    I’m sorry, but the operation receipt indicates transfer from one bank account to other and I see no one word about accepting any money at all. Keeping in minds that these two accounts differ only in one last digit (plus control digit), one might suspect that this is transfer of $784000 between sub-accounts of an common account of members of one family or (less possible) that someone has got really cool salary via salary payment program.

  18. Jen says:

    Man, keep the money! If the bank doesn’t want to listen, it’s their fault.

  19. JS says:

    That’s crazy, many people would have kept the money and lived a great life (until someone caught them) :P

  20. I wonder what percentage of people would fess up and return the cash?

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  22. This guy was way too nice, he should have kept the money.

  23. dan says:

    i’d withdraw it all out and run to mexico!!!

  24. Wow, that’s a lot of money.

  25. gggggggl says:

    stolen from a russian blog…..

  26. emo says:

    Interesting article!
    Thanks

  27. Debo says:

    I would have kept that mistake to myself

  28. Wait a second, couldn’t one tank an entire economy singlehandedly that way? Or atleast a bank.

  29. Free PS3 Man says:

    I don’t think I could’ve been that honest. He is a great man.

  30. That’s insane. And nobody wanted to take credit for it. “Come back please some other time, I’ve got lot of things to do right now”. lol!

  31. omfg thats a lot of money to make a mistake with ;)..he should have went out and bought a whole bunch of things ;p

  32. I would have taken that money man pay some bills.

  33. Wow… Im not sure what I would do if a bank made that kind of error. I’d probably do the same thing as the man. I would probably give the money back as that is the way I am. haha

  34. wow..so much money…admiring

  35. Ya, definitely! The guy was just too nice.

  36. The guy was just too nice.

  37. Anon says:

    lol lol.. well that would be cool if he could get the money out of the bank, but Im sure they would catch an error like that heh

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  39. John says:

    Damn it! I’m always in the wrong country in the wrong place doing the wrong thing at the wrong time! I could of been rich!

  40. dshandbags says:

    This is a very interesting guy! aha

  41. Bolo says:

    wow that’s unbelievable, why can’t that happen to me eh? the bank would never see the money again lol…

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  72. Laszlo says:

    Obviously, you have big problems with numbers: not only with conversions, but simply reading numbers.

    The slip on the photo shows 20 million roubles, the explaining text mentions 2 million RUB. But 20,000,000.00 RUB is only twenty million roubles, not twenty billion. The equivalent amount is $67,000 not $70 million. Also, 2,006,699.00 RUB is only $67,000 not $7,430,000.

    The problem might be caused by the misleading number format used on the ATM slip. The system uses only periods, which is bluntness. In English text, you use commas (,) as thousands separator and periods (.) between the integer and fractional part. For an “English speaking” ATM the correct output would be 20,006,699.00 (two commas and one decimal point).

    But this is a Russian document made by a Russian ATM. Russian standards require a comma (,) to be used as decimal point, and a space ( ) to be used as thousands separator, so the ATM output is not only misleading, but non conform to local regulations.

    Interestingly, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) suggest never using a comma or a point as thousands separator: “For numbers with many digits, the digits may be separated in groups of three, counting from the decimal sign toward the left and the right. The groups should be separated by a thin space (half space), and never by a comma or a point, or by any other means.” The American Medical Association, whose AMA Manual of Style is widely followed in health professions literature, also endorses a space for digit group separator.

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