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- In an early chapter of A.I. Love You, Hitoshi has to correct a bank error himself using an AI program. On his screen, he sees the balance of his account go down several yen at a time. Somewhat justified in that the process of removing the virtual money is represented as his AI avatar entering a house and taking out armfuls of bills and dumping them...
- Fair Game (1995), a movie starring model Cindy Crawford (and a yacht the villains needed to hack a undersea phone line) featured this, and worse, the transaction was aborted because everything exploded before the Exact Progress Bar was finished.
- The theft of the billions in Entrapment was shown on a progress bar. Granted, this ridiculously huge amount of money was probably stored on multiple accounts.
- That is pretty much the plot of Office Space, too. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the program in that film accumulated over $300,000 in its first few days - far more than expected, and a large enough amount to be quickly noticed.
- And of course, in Office Space they point out that the same technique was used in Superman III.
- For a game that intentionally invokes Hollywood Hacking and gleefully uses Magical Computer tropes, Uplink surprisingly averts this.
- An AI on the Citadel in Mass Effect is siphoning money from Flux. When you confront it, it both transfers its money and threatens to self-destruct, taking you with it. Shutting down the self-destruct allows you to take whatever money it couldn't shuffle away. Perhaps justified as the AI transferring many small payments from various gambling machines.
- On The Simpsons, Snake Jailbird stole the all the Simpsons money by downloads money on to a floppy disk, employing this trope in an internet cafe.
- Truth in Television: One man was actually caught because his program worked too fast. He hadn't thought about how much money he would actually acquire, and when his account grew beyond reasonable levels, someone wondered where all the money was coming from.