Family returns $1M bank check sent by mistake

Posted: Jun 06, 2018 9:20 AM Updated:

What would you do if you got a one million dollar check in the mail?

That is exactly what happened to one North Caroline family when Bank of America sent them a check for the wrong amount, leading to a difficult decision.

"We freaked out, you know, you kind of jump up and down," said Eric Gabriel.

Gabriel and his family couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the 7-figure check made out to them.

"I could feel my flesh say, 'I want this,' but it wasn't it, it wasn't mine," described Gabriel.

He was expecting money from the bank, but definitely not that much.

Gabriel admitted the thought of becoming a millionaire overnight was tempting.

"All these thoughts run through your mind like, 'Oh, I can do this, I might not even have to work,'" he said.

But, he ultimately gave the check back.

"We prayed about it and we decided the best thing to do is glorify God with everything we do, so we decided to take it back," Gabriel explained.

A spokesperson for Bank of America confirmed the incident has been resolved.

Gabriel said the mistake surprised him because several people had to sign off on the money before it got into his hands.

"They basically said, 'Oops, we made a mistake,' and that's all they said," Gabriel stated.

While he isn't rolling in cash right now, Gabriel is at least sleeping well at night.

"Christ in me wouldn't allow me to do the wrong thing," he said.

Knowing at the end of the day, he did the right thing.