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Baton Rouge family surprised by $50B mistaken deposit

Baton Rouge family surprised by $50B mistaken deposit
A Baton Rouge family received a $50 billion deposit to their bank account by mistake. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 28 (UPI) -- A Baton Rouge family was surprised to find $50 billion mistakenly deposited to their account.

Darren James found out about the $50 billion deposit through his wife who frantically called him, and told him to sit down before showing it to him, local news station BR Proud reported.

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"It was crazy just to see what it looks like because I've never seen that many zeros in my life," James told BR Proud. "I wasn't going to keep it. The thing that was most baffling was, we don't even know where it came from. We don't know anybody with that kind of money."

James called the bank immediately to report the mistaken deposit and find out what happened, according to Newsweek.

The family took screenshots to remember the once-in-a-lifetime error, and the bank reversed the mistake within four days, according to BR Proud.

Recipients of mistaken bank deposits are not allowed to keep the money, BR Proud and Newsweek reported. Banks usually spot the error and reverse the transaction, and those who spend the money may face criminal charges for theft of property lost by mistake.

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