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What do you do if you receive an additional $800+ salary credited mistakenly? ?

I received an extra $870 salary for this month which I believed the Finance department credited mistakenly. It is neither a bonus or an increment as the payslip didn't state so. Do I swallow it quietly and make use of this "accidental bonus" and treat my family a big feast or do I inform the HR about it?

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  • Leong Wen Fong
    Leong Wen Fong, Community Lead at Seedly
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    Definitely inform HR about it. Definitely don't spend it on anything. When they figure out something went wrong, they'll ask you for it.

    And it won't be an excuse to "not know anything and just spend it all"

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  • Yixiong Chang
    Yixiong Chang
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    Well, u should inform HR immediately. Why wait until they realised the mistake. By then u will need to pay back the difference anyway. This might put whoever incharge of the salary crediting in a bad position, and probably also yourself in a negative view.

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  • Nick Tan
    Nick Tan
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    I would inform or ask the HR, usually HR systems now will not mistakenly give extra money because it's all done by pulling data from their respective sources. Could it be the AWS?

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    Inform HR! Protect your own backside!

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  • Gabriel Lee
    Gabriel Lee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    I would inform the HR department as ultimately, you'll still have to repay the excess back to your company.

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  • Ck Chai
    Ck Chai
    Level 4. Prodigy
    Answered on 26 Dec 2018

    Inform HR immediately, and do not wait till they come to you for the money in excess of what is stated in your payslip. It doesn't reflect good in yourself and your integrity when HR comes to realise about the mistake. Using up the "accidental bonus" may ended up in deep shit having to cough out the amount on one fine day when you are totally unprepared for.

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