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MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.
Josh Muszynski (Moo-SIN'-ski) checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number – a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars).
Muszynski says he spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers
Originally posted by warrenb
THREE separate cases of problems with VISA have occurred in the last couple days...
Unruly Teen Charges $23 Quadrillion At Drugstore
Visa recorded a $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 purchase on Consumerist reader Dale's kid's prepaid Visa Buxx card: "My lectures about financial responsibility appear to have failed: yesterday she charged $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 at the drug store.
NH man charged 23 quadrillion dollars for smokes
A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.
Credit card company says Trophy Club man ate $23 quadrillion meal
A technical glitch via Visa's billing department led Jon Seale of Trophy Club to receive a $23,148,855,308,184,500 credit card statement (that's $23 quadrillion, folks). The charge in question came from Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant, Five Sixty, which is expensive, but not that expensive.
Case #1. $23,148,855,308,184,500
Case #2. $23,148,855,308,184,500
Case #3. $23,148,855,308,184,500
My thoughts on the matter...
These charges appear temporarily in VISA's books as money owed to them until the issue gets cleared up. Are these things not errors or bugs but something more sinister?
Can that temporary value be used to influence markets and buy stuff? It sure can so keep your eyes open to other similar oddities.
Visa said a technical glitch caused the trouble, but it did not say exactly how many accounts were affected.
"A temporary programming error at Visa Debit Processing Services caused some transactions to be inaccurately posted to a small number of Visa prepaid accounts," Visa spokeswoman Elvira Swanson said in a written statement. "The technical glitch has been corrected, and all erroneous postings have been removed."
A Visa representative said affected customers will have any overdraft fees removed.
Since they billed people the wrong amounts, I wonder if the reverse is also possible. Have they mistakenly credited anyone with huge sums of money?
About 14-15 years ago my mother got a surprise when she got her bank statement. She had an extra 6 million in the account. She immediately went to the bank and reported their error. I would have waited 6 months, supposedly the legal time a bank has to fix the error before you can keep it; then transferred it to another account and moved.
[edit on 15-7-2009 by warrenb]
Originally posted by getreadyalready
The clerk swiped the card again for the amount. I have done this myself, but luckily I caught it! An account number makes quite a hefty dollar figure!
How on earth would the machine have approved this amount? He should try this at a casino, cash out and go home!!!!
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I call this "overtesting", you know just testing it to the extreme to see where it will break.
Originally posted by townio
Well someone had to be credited for the national debt and it was this unlucky fellow lol.