EDITOR NOTE: A woman in Florida discovered one day, upon trying to withdraw $20 from an ATM, that she has an account balance of nearly $1 billion in her Chase Bank account. Is it real, or is it not? Unable to reach Chase Bank--the same bank that experienced a glitch wherein so many other account holders owed around $50 billion--the process of correcting the error required a massive effort, as calling this a massive screw up is an understatement. Apparently, Chase Bank has invested in everything that can possibly return a profit at the expense of its own systems and depositor security. How many other banks are as vulnerable to both as Chase? How many banks have invested lots of money into their own digital operations and security systems not to be taken down by a glitch, human error, or a cyberattack? The truth is that we’ll never know until we find errors in our accounts that can be as minor as a temporary inconvenience or as major as a time-consuming loss. The safest place to store your money is in a private depository--cold storage, And the safest money to store your value is in physical non-CUSIP gold and silver.
According to the bank receipt she received in Largo on Saturday, Yonkowski had $999,985,855.94 in her account.
Saying she was shocked is an understatement.
“Oh my God, I was horrified. I know most people would think they won the lottery, but I was horrified,” she said.
She originally went to the ATM to grab $20.
“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.
She hasn’t touched her account since Saturday night.
“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.
Yonkowski also said she worries that her own money could be compromised.
“It kind of scares me because you know with cyber threats. You know, I don’t know what to think,” she said.
Since becoming a temporary billionaire, she’s tried several times to reach out to Chase Bank.
“I just can’t get through. I get tied up with their automated system, and I can’t get a person,” she said.
WFLA also reached out to Chase Bank, but no one was available to speak on Sunday.
Yonkowski said she planned to go to the bank first thing Monday morning in hopes of clearing everything up.
Original post from Fox 8