Ellen Fleming, 26, was startled to receive a voicemail from TD Ameritrade about a deposit made to her account Wednesday, she told the Boston Globe. When she checked on the company's app, she saw that over $1 million had been added to her balance.
A bank account that I had $50 in had over $1 million dollars deposited into it. A banker made a HUGE mistake and confused me with another Ellen Fleming. I was rich for 10 mins & I can tell you, life was in fact better. I'm now humbled from loosing all my money. pic.twitter.com/skwlbUodTY— Ellen Fleming (@EllenFlem) July 18, 2018
Fleming was tempted to keep the money, she said. But her better nature (and fear of prison) won out in the end.
“You need to take every opportunity that’s handed to you,” she said. “But that seemed like an opportunity that could lead me to federal prison, so it didn’t seem worth it.”
She then called the bank, which informed her that the money was supposed to be sent to another Ellen Fleming in Florida.
TD Ameritrade confirmed the mix-up to the Globe and said it was quickly corrected after Fleming called to alert them.
As for Fleming's account, the balance now stands at just $63.
"Please make sure that in my obituary I am referred to as 'One-time millionaire, Ellen Fleming,'" she tweeted Wednesday.
Please make sure that in my obituary I am referred to as "One-time millionaire, Ellen Fleming"— Ellen Fleming (@EllenFlem) July 18, 2018