I loaned $200,000 NT to my ex-girlfriend back in 1997. She promised to pay me back in one year. We do not have anything in writing but only a verbal agreement (trusting and stupid me). We broke up in 1998.
One year later 1998, I asked her for the money back but she said she didn’t have any and said she’d pay back one more year later. When the time came, the same excuses came up and then she said she’ll pay one more year later. Three years has gone by and I had a friend call for me to ask for this money. She then told my friend I “gave” her this money and said it was a joke that I waited three years to call for this money.
Afterward, I started tape recording her phone calls and got her to admit everything about borrowing the money on tape. But at this point, I’m not sure what else I can do. I tried to go to a lawyer and this lawyer said I’ll end up spending about $10,000 NT to write a letter to her, $60,000 to go to court, and $30,000 - 50,000 to collect if she doesn’t pay, which is most likely to happen. That’s more than half of what I loaned.
I have to say that 99% of my friends or friend’s family in Taiwan have had their money cheated in some way or another. What kind of society is this anyway?!! Is there justice? I’m not going to settle for the typical “suan le” or “forget it, it was a lesson anyway”.
Nice guys shouldn’t finish last!