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Woman Mistakenly Charged $23 Quadrillion For a Train Ticket

Minor bogus credit card charges are usually the fault of identity theft or a simple business mistake, but imagine how you'd react if you found a $23 quadrillion bill on your monthly statement!

An 18-year-old Johns Hopkins University student recently returned home from a trip and received her first overdraft email ever. She suspected identity theft, but was shocked to find a $23,148,855,308,184,500 charge on her statement from what she thought was a $10 train ticket purchase. Plus a $20 negative balance charge from Wachovia Bank, of course.

After she Googled how to pronounce the sum, a call to Visa reversed the charge. The company had suffered "a temporary programming error" during a system upgrade that resulted in some pretty wacky and inflated transactions. A spokesperson told the NYT, "No one was actually charged $23 quadrillion."

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's kind of funny - and i think that if i saw something like that - i'd laugh first and then call the bank about it. it's not like someone could even find enough things to buy for that much - not even a country costs that much money. 'yes, pres. obama, can i please buy the United States and i'll bail you out with my $23 quadrillion dollars?' 'oh yea, and that'll be on my credit card too thanks!'
cg130 cg130 8 years
WOAH - I think I would have a heart attack!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
WHOA! That is the heck did the banks NOT catch that charge from a few other peoples and stopped it?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
The banks aren't doing their jobs when they WILL FLAG and temporarily hold a deposit or charge for $15,000+, but NOT FLAG a charge of 23 quadrillion dollars. That's just insane. Really, think about it. NOBODY even HAS that much money. If somebody did, they could pay off our national debt a few times over without breaking a sweat! :D
mguy414 mguy414 8 years
A guy in Memphis was just charged somewhere near that number after he purchased some cigarettes at a local gas station! I think he was with Bank of America, and when he called they were all "yeah we don't see anything wrong with your account" and he called the news and they did a whole big story on it. That's scary that it can happen to two completely different people in less than 2 weeks! He was quite upset because I think they were really rude to him and hadn't even gotten it taken care of when the news story aired.
sonic sonic 8 years
lol, dumb.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I don't think it cost that much to even go to the moon
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