Zecco’s Bad April Fool’s Joke: Gives Away Millions In Fake Money; Users Start Trading With It


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Zecco’s Bad April Fool’s Joke: Gives Away Millions In Fake Money; Users Start Trading With It
 
Well here’s an idea that must have sounded good at one point. Upstart online brokerage Zecco (already known for pulling attention-grabbing stunts) had the bright idea for April Fool’s Day to load up users’ balances with much more money than they actually had — sometimes millions more. Except… it looks like they never bothered to make sure people couldn’t use that money. So plenty of users started making trades with the fake money… and when Zecco realized it, the company apparently started to force sell, even at a loss, charging the losses to the customers along with a “$19.99 broker-assisted trading fee.” Oops. Update: Consumerist has updated their post with a message from Zecco claiming that it was not an April Fool’s joke, but noting “Some clients may experience incorrect display of Buying Power and Account Balances.” It’s not entirely clear how those “incorrect displays” were apparently off by millions in some cases.

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