A man received the shock of his life after a shopworker in the US accidentally charged him more than a quadrillion pounds for cigarettes.

Josh Muszynski, from New Hampshire, realised the mistake when he checked his balance and found that he was more than $23 quadrillion or £14,138,265, 398,942,298 in debt.

"I thought someone had bought Europe with my credit card," he said.

Fortunately, Bank of America managed to resolve the error.