Boy gets £44,000 in eBay parcel

Police are trying to trace the owner of 65,400 euros (£44,000) mistakenly sent to a 16-year-old boy who bought a Playstation Two for £95 on eBay. The cash arrived in a box at the house in Aylsham, Norfolk, with the games console, but minus two games. Police are holding the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act while the matter is investigated.

An eBay spokesman said the parcel's contents were "somewhat unusual" and it would help police with their inquiries. The boy's parents, who are not commenting, alerted police when the parcel arrived on 20 March. Magistrates have given Norfolk Police until September to hold on to the money before the case comes up in court again. But, if the money remains unclaimed the family could potentially apply for it to be returned to them under the Police Property Act. A police spokesman said: "We have until 22 September before we have to go back to court to apply for a further order if necessary."A spokesman for eBay said: "We know that eBay is a great place to pick up a bargain, although in this case, we agree that the contents of the parcel were somewhat unusual and we will assist with any inquiries the police may wish to make."

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The temptations of keeping the money are there but then you take a minute and think about who put the money there? you won't know but that person knows your address, the amount of money is pretty large so people will go to extrodinary lengths, you will realise that it's not worth keeping it, I think the senders waitng for the family to claim the money and then come knocking on their door.

nice move.... even if I get that free money I will be giving them to the cops or sender. I dont wanna get my ass involved in any dark-matter that this money may involve in.

hahahaha bet that kid is thinking "dam parents, why did they have to open my dam parcel before I got back from school, there goes my whole big operation, grrr"

I bet this is a money laundering scam.

Man or Woman is trying to get stolen money in small amounts into certain countries and sets up eBay auctions on items big enough to hold around 50 large in euros.

Though they must be seen as kosher and sell anywhere in europe, so the kid received an accidental box of money.

The sender won't claim it as they will be handing themselves over to the kozzers.

this kinda stuff is always happening to others!
i never get anything for free!!

cant wait to read the positive feedback comment :)