Now here is an account from a reader of Mr Tan Kin Lian’s website. Having put his money into a New Zealand currency deposit, he did not get the sum he thought he would get:
Dear Mr. Tan,
I had a foreign currency account in NZ dollars with X Bank. On 16/04/10, I went to the X Bank to withdraw the foreign currency time deposit account. I was attended to by a Relationship Manager Ms Y. I had specifically asked her to quote how much would I get back in Sing dollars should I wish to withdraw the foreign currency account. She did some calculations and said the amount was $31,326.07. She did not at any time informed me that the amount she quoted was in NZ dollars. I assumed that the amount quoted was in Sing dollars. I did a quick mental calculation and I would gain $1,326.07 over my original investment of S$30,000. I then agreed to the withdrawal.
I was then asked to sign a foreign currency withdrawal form. Upon signing, I noticed that amount of $31,326.07 was not written on the form. She said the amount quoted was only an indicative price and therefore cannot be written down. I trusted her and X Bank wholeheartedly. That was my biggest mistake.
True enough, I was shocked to receive only $30,257.85 when I went back to X Bank to collect the cashier order on 22/04/10. I approached Ms Y for the shortfall of $1,068.22. She said that the amount she quoted on 16/04/10 was in NZ dollars and after conversion to Sing dollars, would be $30,257.85. I remembered vividly that she did not at any time on 16/04/10 informed me that the amount quoted was in NZ dollars. She insisted that she did. It was her words against my words. She then showed me a document with the word NZD written in blue beside the amount of $31,326.07. I told her that the word NZD was not written in my presence on 16/04/10. If it was written in my presence, I would have realised that the amount she quoted to me was in NZ dollars. My natural instinct would ask what would that amount be in Sing dollars.
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