Gunn-Britt Marklund was checking her bank balance over the internet to see whether her loan had come through, when she discovered a clerical error which had made her into the country’s richest person overnight. “I sat down and stood up and sat down again,” she said. Her balance was £5.4 billion. However, after calling the bank, the surplus funds were removed the next day – though they would have earnt her £1 million in interest in 24 hours, enough to pay her accommodation fees for over 30 years.
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