We’ve heard of big phone bills before, but an Australian man may have made the biggest payment we can recall in recent times. Last week, Calum Mawson went online to pay his $225 Telstra bill. Instead, $2.25 million was taken out of his bank account.
When Mawson received payment confirmation, he immediately called the telco to get to the bottom of the matter. He believed the rep who told him the transaction wouldn’t process through his account and not to worry about it. However, he soon realized he was in trouble when another transaction was denied for insufficient funds. A quick check of his account revealed a full $2,250,623 had been withdrawn.
He must have had some serious overdraft protection on the account.
“I was completely gobsmacked at the amount, I have never seen so much money in my life,” Mawson was quoted as saying.
The 22-year-old said his bank was very co-operative in the aftermath, eventually restoring his account balance after a few days. Telstra wasn’t quite as friendly.
“Telstra has been so unhelpful throughout the whole experience and customer service just kept trying to push the blame,” he said. “I think Telstra are the ones to blame in this scenario and what makes things worse is the fact they haven’t even reached out to offer any sort of compensation.”