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Glitch creates instant billionaires in Hong Kong Copyright ) 2000 Nando Media Copyright ) 2000 Associated Press

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HONG KONG (March 2, 2000 9:13 a.m. EST - A bank computer's error Tuesday made instant billionaires of some customers - but only for a few hours.

A number of depositors at the Hang Seng Bank saw their accounts soar dramatically Tuesday as a software glitch added a series of nines to the end of their balances, spokeswoman Cecilia Ko said Thursday.

The bank quickly fixed the problem and none of the customers attempted to withdraw the extra money, she said.

Tuesday was Leap Day - a day that had high-tech experts on the lookout for problems that caused by computers were not programmed to recognize the date. But Ko said the problem was not related to this potential bug.

The bank did not say how many customers were affected.

-- Johnny (, March 02, 2000


Johnny, Thank you for the good post--only wish it would have happend to me. LOL

-- Dee (, March 02, 2000.

yeah Dee the first thing I did when I found this was check the balance on my accounts-still got my 2 nickels.

-- Johnny (, March 02, 2000.

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