Hi. New to forum and Shanghai, and China. I am here for work on a large project and leaving next week and I seem to have made a big mistake and need advice on how to deal with it.
Basically I wound up with a large amount of RMB from a credit card transaction / scam gone wrong.
Here’s the short story:
I was walking around by myself and decided to get dinner at some small Japanese restaurant near Nanjing East. The bill was 160RMB but my company card was denied. Their english wasn’t very good so in a panic I gave them my bank card not realise it.
A few min after I left I got a call from my bank asking to confirm I made a charge there. I said yes, and they told me it was for about $2500!!! I looked at my receipt and yes it did say 16000 RMB.
The printing was light and I must have mistaken them for decimal places. But there was my signature. I was terrified at the thought of the long process of fighting this as it was on a BANK CARD (dumbest thing I’ve ever done).
I went back to the restaurant and asked them to fix the issue but all of a sudden their english was non-existent. I my panic and found it hard to speak slowly. Finally they found a manager who explained that they could not reverse the charge. I demanded to know why and they said it was just not possible, their machines did not work that way. I knew I was being taken advantage of and I was getting more and more angry.
I told them I must bring the police (I had no idea how to get ahold of them). Instead they gave me cash. A giant stack of cash. The ordeal was terrifying so I just counted the cash with my hands shaking and then left with it and jumped into the first cab I could find rather than walk around with that much cash.
So I wasn’t even thinking at the time, but now I’ve got about 15,000 RMB that I don’t know what to do with. I’m leaving Friday. I’m coming back in December but I don’t think I could ever spend that much here especially given my rules for reimbursement.
I have no receipt for this cash and so cannot bring it all to the airport at once apparently. I thought about going back to find this place and trying to get them to credit my card instead but they were nasty and it was a horrifying experience.
I want to see if there’s other options first. Even if it’ll cost me a little. I’ve been looking into any way I can get rid of it. Does anyone have any advice as far as how to get this into USD (ideally not with massive fees or horrible rates? I’m willing to handle some for this mistake but I don’t want to lose a ton).
Any advice is would be extremely welcome.