A man in Ireland has been left with the equivalent of £1.3 million after he packed boxes containing Christmas presents for his four children.
The 46-year-old man from Dublin, who cannot be named, purchased the boxes from a local furniture store and took them to his home in Ballinamore, Co Dublin, in the hope that they would be returned.
He said the boxes were empty and the children had not even opened them.
The man, who does not have any children of his own, said he thought the box would contain gifts for his daughters and wife.
But when he opened the box it was empty and there was no note from his wife, who had left a note for him.
“I felt completely betrayed, I thought it was a scam,” the man said.
“When I opened the boxes I saw nothing but empty boxes.
It felt like they were just putting things away for themselves.”
When the man was contacted by the local garda stationery office he took them home to check and found that the boxes had been removed.
He had already received a letter from his solicitor that his wife had been contacted and the money had been returned.
The father said he was “shocked” by the money.
“The kids had to be in the car for the drive to get there, they had not opened the presents,” he said.
The garda said the money was sent back to the man’s address by post.