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A bank accidentally transferred 10 million dollars into the account of a couple living in NZ when they requested a 10k overdraft. They are now on the run and wanted by Interpol.

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Huan Di Zhang and Hui Gao asked Westpac Bank for a $10,000 (4,900) overdraft but instead received a deposit of $10m (4.9m), according to the New Zealand Press Agency.

The pair are believed to have owned a petrol filling station in the North Island tourist resort of Rotorua, which has since shut down and been put into receivership.

"The individuals associated with this account are believed to have left New Zealand," said Detective Senior Sergeant David Harvey of New Zealand Police.

"Police (are) working through Interpol to locate those individuals," he went on.

"Westpac Bank has recovered some of the money which had been inappropriately withdrawn."

He did not say how much had been recovered and refused to confirm any other details about the case.

Banking Ombudsman Liz Brown said it is a criminal offence for someone to spend money accidentally put into their bank account if they know the money is not theirs.

Ms Brown has been banking obudsman for 15 years and told Rotorua's The Daily Post she has only seen 10 to 20 cases of this nature.

They are legally referred to as "payment by mistake", she said.

"There haven't been cases of millions of dollars but certainly ones where there have been several thousand dollars," she said.
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Great, now I have Steve Miller running through my head. "Go on, take the money and run, woo hoo hoo".
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wouldn't you be tempted to do the same? you could buy an island for that money...

on the other hand, I wonder if they would offer you a reward for voluntarily giving it back..
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Dude, Gilly, what did you expect? Mort comes from the same area of the world that thinks the following is quality pop music.

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Maybe it is a reply to the coming hijack?
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I was wondering what happened there. Yeah somehow that cross posted...er I mean it was totally my seeing the future. Yup yup yup.
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it pains me to say this but it is a form of fraud to use a banking error to your own profit. even if you did not have anything to do with the error. a guy in south dakota did the same thing when he found the million or so dollars in his account ... he spent 10k of it and was caught and spent 6 years in prison
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it pains me to say this but it is a form of fraud to use a banking error to your own profit. even if you did not have anything to do with the error. a guy in south dakota did the same thing when he found the million or so dollars in his account ... he spent 10k of it and was caught and spent 6 years in prison
Why would it "pain you" to say that? Thats obvious. If 5 million bucks show up where they shouldn't be, you know something is up and should notify someone. Just the same as if you woke up one day and saw there was several thousand dollars inexplicably missing, it wouldn't be an "oops, oh well" situation... you'd freak out, and rightly so. Well, the same applies in reverse.
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Well if a bank accidentally puts money into your account i think it should be your right to use it
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It depends (at least here) on whether or not you might have noticed the mistake. If they had gotten 15,000 instead of the 10,000 they were supposed to get, they probably wouldn't have been at fault if they had simply used that. But getting ten million should suggest that something is not right.
One might almost conclude that they had gotten that same idea, based on how quickly and effectively they scarpered (with the money), once they discovered it.
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No matter whether the error was human or a computer glitch, the money isn't yours and you are obligated to point out the error. Just the same as if you are given the incorrect change at a cash register. And it is fraud/theft by deceit or whatever, it's a crime.

Can't say I wouldn't be tempted, but I prize keeping my cute butt out of prison and clear of Bubba and Guido!!!!
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And if they accidentally take it out, then its just too bad?

Sure. Your lack of ethics and moral/financial responsibility is representative of the great scummitude of the American marketplace and is responsible for most of the financial woes it brings on itself.
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And if they accidentally take it out, then its just too bad?

Sure. Your lack of ethics and moral/financial responsibility is representative of the great scummitude of the American marketplace and is responsible for most of the financial woes it brings on itself.

uhm... hmmm... can we now claim that the reason for the whole financial break thing is REALLY just a matter of clumsy bankers?

they asked for it dammit... next time i get 10,000,000 "accidently" transfered to me... mwahahaha... Hawaii here i come

(pssst... i once worked IN a Bank... accidently transfering that much too much, weeeell... not really THAT easy)
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Come to think of it: if you run off with such 10,000,000 and then get caught, couldn't you claim that you thought you'd fallen victim to an honest Nigerian?
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uhm... hmmm... can we now claim that the reason for the whole financial break thing is REALLY just a matter of clumsy bankers?

they asked for it dammit... next time i get 10,000,000 "accidently" transfered to me... mwahahaha... Hawaii here i come

(pssst... i once worked IN a Bank... accidently transfering that much too much, weeeell... not really THAT easy)
No, my point was that a general irresponsibility and a desire to run off with money you KNOW you shouldn't be playing around with is whats causing this crisis.

The subprime mortgage situation is based on greedy bankers. But I have always held that equally greedy people cause that attitude to exist. People deep in credit card debt like to blame ibankers for the economic problems, and refuse to accept the possibility of buying a 30000 dollar car on a 40 grand salary.
 


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