A Largo, Florida woman had the surprise of a lifetime when she withdrew $20 from an ATM to find nearly $1 billion left in her bank account.
But Julia Yonkowski soon remembered that the money was in no way hers and that if she took it, she would later be forced to return it.
“Oh my God, I was horrified. I know most people would think they won the lottery but I was horrified,” Yonkowski said.
“When I put in for the $20, the machine came back and said we’ll give you the $20 but that’ll cause an overdraft and you will be charged and I said, ‘Oh just forget it,'” she said.
Yonkowski tried to get in contact with an official to understand what happened: “I get tied with their automated system and I can’t get a person.”
“I know I’ve read stories about people that took the money or took out money, and then they had to repay it and I wouldn’t do that anyway because it’s not my money.”
She said: “It kind of scares me because you know with cyber threats. You know I don’t know what to think.”
A spokeswoman Amy Bonitatibus explained that the incident was “to draw her attention to an issue with her account.”
“Our local branch and customer service group spoke to Mrs. Yonkowski yesterday to clarify the discrepancy,” she said.