July 15, 2009
Man baffled by $23 quadrillion overdraft
A New Hampshire man said he was shocked to check his bank account statement online to find his account overdrawn by more than $23 quadrillion dollars.
Josh Muszynski of Manchester said he was expecting to see a couple hundred dollars in his account, but instead he was faced with a negative balance far exceeding the national debt -- $23,148,855,308,184,500, WMUR-TV, Manchester, N.H., reported Wednesday.
If it were to be true that someone actually compromised that money and got that money, they could do some severe damage with that amount of money, he said.
Muszynski said the amount appeared as a charge for a cigarette purchase at a Mobil gas station.
I thought my card had been compromised. I thought somebody had bought Europe with my credit card, Muszynski said.
It was very concerning.
Muszynski said he contacted Bank of America about the sum, and the $15 overdraft fee for his account, and the representative told him the issue would be corrected.
He said the bank corrected the error about 24 hours after he discovered it.
It was back to normal. They reversed the negative balance fee, which was nice, Muszynski said.
The Bank of America referred questions about the issue to VISA, which recommended questions be addressed to the bank, WMUR said.