Actually, Sandman, good post old man, this Nigerian thing is rather interesting. Before I left Taiwan, I was hanging around Taipei fora few days, drinking in the memories so to speak, and at one little noodle stand along Linsen Road, I was joined at my table by a Nigerian lad. Named Johnson. I think this is the same Johnson the police are looking for. I hope not. He was very friendly, but he lied to me. He told me was from South Africa. Now I know a Nigerian accent when I hear one, and this man was 100% Nigerian. I don’t know if he was Ibo or Hausa, but he was from Nigeria. Very friendly, we got on well, over noodles and beer. He told me he was trying to break into TV shows here, and that he was looking for a teaching job. He even gave me his hotmail address, but guess what, it didn’t work when I emailed him the next day.
Turns out that some of these Nigerian blokes, maybe cousins of the Nigerian lads who email us every day with their great money scams, seems they come to Taiwan to launder money or do interesting con deals with unsuspecting locals. They often succeed. They say they got US money that was in a fire and needs to be cleaned and they need a deposit to clean the money and the then the local chap can get half as his loot. THis happened a few weeks ago, if I read the Net correctly. CNA reported it. The man’s accomplice was named Johnson. He is still at large. I think it it the same Johnson i met on Linsen North Road before I flew back to Nada.
What I dunno understand, is why do they come to Taiwan? Easy visa entry? Why not go to Japan, more money there, no?
Anyway, thanks for a good laugh, Sandman.