Clare Wainwright found $25 million accidentally transferred into her bank account. Picture: Facebook
Clare Wainwright found $25 million accidentally transferred into her bank account. Picture: Facebook

How woman woke up with $25m that wasn't hers

SYDNEY woman Clare Wainwright woke up to find herself $24.5 million richer and her mortgage paid off.

The lawyer first discovered the millions in her account on October 25.

Clare Wainwright found $25 million accidentally transferred into her bank account. Picture: Facebook
Clare Wainwright found $25 million accidentally transferred into her bank account. Picture: Facebook

In September, NAB sent a letter confirming a direct debit for loan repayments had been set up.

The letter said Ms Wainwright's monthly repayments would be $25,102,107 - not $2500 - with the next repayment due on October 25.

Her bank NAB first requested $25.1 million from her bank, St George Bank, who then transferred the substantial figure, heavily overdrawing Ms Wainwright's account.

Despite both banks being contacted about the error, the money is still in Ms Wainwright's account.

"When NAB accidentally pays out your entire mortgage, and gives you an extra $24.5mil to redraw ... do I skip the country??" she jokingly wrote on Facebook.

Ms Wainwright told Fairfax Media that she had not been tempted to spend the millions.

"I'm a lawyer, which is why I haven't spent the money," she said. "Mostly because I figured it wouldn't play out that well trying to play dumb on that."

Clare Wainwright said she has resisted spending the $25 million. Picture: Supplied
Clare Wainwright said she has resisted spending the $25 million. Picture: Supplied

"I saw it and I thought 'Oh my gosh, it's 25 mil' and I laughed," she said. "I showed my broker and he said 'Oh god, I'll get them to fix it'."

NAB told her broker that they would be in touch within three business days.

"They obviously don't understand I could just skip the country," she said.

Asked how she would spend $25 million, Ms Wainwright said: "Well, if I was allowed to use it, I'd pay off my mortgage and buy another place. Or an island."

Clare Wainwright told both banks of the mistake. Picture: Facebook
Clare Wainwright told both banks of the mistake. Picture: Facebook


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