Dutch banks deny free cash rumour

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A rumour that cash machines in the Netherlands were dispensing free money triggered an avalanche of rumours on Twitter on Wednesday evening. A spokeswoman for ING Bank, however, denied that a technical fault in the country's electronic paying system caused the cash machines to hand out banknotes without charging the client's account.

The error put ING's own electronic tills out of action for four hours, and its clients were advised to carry out their money withdrawals at other banks' cash dispensers. This led to rumours that people at a Rabobank machine in The Hague were able to withdraw hundreds of euros from their ING accounts without the bank being aware of it.

A long cue of people formed at the The Hague machine, and the rumour did the rounds on Twitter; many participants, however, pointed out that ING Bank would be able to trace anyone who had benefited from any unregistered cash withdrawals and would reclaim the money later.

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