Imagine logging into your bank account and seeing that you’d been transferred $10 million instead of the $100 you were expecting.
Would you go ahead and bravely spend it?
Or would you be honest and return it?
This was the real-life situation faced by a Melbourne woman who was expecting a $100 refund from Crypto.com, a cryptocurrency exchange.
Instead of a refund of $100 into her crypto account, Thevamanogari Manivel was accidentally refunded $10.4 million.
You may recall the Crypo.com ad from last year featuring Bourne Identity actor Matt Damon saying that “fortune favours the brave” and how history will remember those who “embrace the moment and commit”.
— Mike Koehl (@mpk62) August 31, 2022
(Watch the ad and the parody version at the end of the article.)
So did she spend the $10 million?
Well Manivel certainly made a brave choice and committed, though probably not in the way Matt was suggesting.
It’s reported she took her millions and went on a spending spree, sharing the money with her family and also buying her sister a million dollar home.
It took the company seven months to discover the error, and of course they took Manivel to court to get their money back.
A judge has ordered her to pay it all back with interest and also pay for legal costs.
Oops. Guess it wasn’t a brave thing to do after all.
Moral of the story: Perhaps don’t let Matt Damon inspire you to be brave. 😂
Send Jason Bourne to get the money back.
— RT🇺🇲 (@rtoh) September 1, 2022
Lol the crypto experiment is going well.
— Walter Sobchak (@WalterSobchakSr) August 31, 2022