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Boston woman becomes millionaire for few minutes after account mix-up

A 26-year-old Boston woman opened the company’s app on her cellphone and was surprised to find $1.1 million instead of the $50 that she had left a few months ago.

world Updated: Jul 21, 2018 16:19 IST
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A 26-year-old Boston woman became a millionaire for few minutes after account mix-up.
A 26-year-old Boston woman became a millionaire for few minutes after account mix-up. (Representative Image/Illustration: Jayanto)
         

A 26-year-old Boston woman said she was a millionaire for a few minutes after she received a voicemail from a TD Ameritrade financial consultant on Wednesday afternoon that a deposit had been made into her account.

Ellen Fleming opened the company’s app on her cellphone and was surprised to find $1.1 million instead of the $50 that she had left a few months ago.

Fleming tells The Boston Globe that she immediately thought about quitting her job and paying her student loans. Instead, she called the consultant back and informed them of the mix-up.

Fleming says the money was meant for a woman with the same name who lives in Florida.

She jokes that in her obituary she would like to be referred to as a “one-time millionaire.”

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 11:01 IST

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