Julia Yonkowski is a Largo Woman who was shocked when she allegedly found nearly a billion dollars in her bank statement on Saturday. “I know most people would’ve thought they won the lottery, but I was horrified because it wasn’t my money,” Julia Yonkowski said.
Julia Yonkowski Becomes 615th richest person in America
Julia Yonkowski went to her local Chase Bank in Largo on Saturday to withdraw some money, but she wanted to check her balance first. According to the bank receipt she received, Yonkowski had $999,985,855.94 in her account the equivalent of nearly £720 million. This would have made her the 615th richest person in America. She is presently desperate to return the massive amount of cash.
Julia told WFLA : “Oh my God, I was horrified. I know most people would think they won the lottery but I was horrified.
She originally went to the ATM just to grab $20
“When I put in for the $20, the machine came back and said we’ll give you the $20 but that’ll cause an overdraft and you will be charged and I said, ‘Oh just forget it,’” she said, adding that she hasn’t touched her account since.
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Julia is Not a Billionaire After All
It turns out, though, that she was never actually a multi-millionaire at all. According to WFLA, after speaking with bank representatives,
The representative said it wasn’t a positive balance, but a negative balance of nearly a billion dollars that was listed. She explained it’s a fraud prevention method used to freeze an account, which is why Yonkowski couldn’t withdraw any money. Yonkowski’s late husband was a joint owner of the bank account, and it was flagged when she attempted to use it. Chase Bank said people are required to turn in proper documentation in a situation like this to avoid a freeze on a joint bank account.
Further, Chase spokeswoman Amy Bonitatibus clarified to The Post on Tuesday that what Yonkowski thought the balance was actually a negative in that amount that the bank posted “to draw her attention to an issue with her account.”
Julia Yonkowski has Not Touched the Money since Saturday
Julia Yonkowski hasn’t touched her account since Saturday night.
“When I put in for the $20, the machine came back and said we’ll give you the $20 but that’ll cause an overdraft and you will be charged and I said, ‘Oh just forget it,’” she said.
“I know I’ve read stories about people that took the money or took out money, and then they had to repay it and I wouldn’t do that anyway because it’s not my money,” she said.
“It kind of scares me because you know with cyber threats. You know I don’t know what to think,” she said.
Since becoming a temporary billionaire, she’s tried several times to reach out to Chase Bank.