The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

September 7, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #788 FRI, SEPT 07- (09-07-2018): 

#1-When Gringos rip-off Gringos- PART 2:

It’s a well-established pattern. Long-term Gringos with larceny in their hearts continuously hatch schemes to rip-off short term/newly arrived Gringos. Why does it keep happening? And why, when they get caught, do they not up in court, or jail… but instead pop-up elsewhere with a new twist on an old racket? 

#2- So you’ve finally arrived in Latin American and plan to stay, and you have money to invest:Who do you trust for advice? … your new gringo buddy(s) who seem to really know the ropes, or your new English speaking Latin buddy(s) who grew up in your newly adopted homeland and definitely know the lay of the land?     

#3-Can criminal stains be removed from your police or FBI report? 

A criminal background check is a requisite when applying for residency in any Latin country. But sometimes when requesting a police or FBI report – there is an old college era misdemeanor or two or even a DUI? How does that play with the Latin bureaucrats? Will it automatically disqualify you? Are you forever SOL in your quest for Latin residency? 

#4- The truth about Chicken buses: What the media will not show or tell you. 

#5- Montezuma’s revenge (aka: backpacker’s revenge) revisited:

Some sage advice you need to hear, but probably won’t heed till its too late. 

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at  

 #7 Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look. 

 #8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at:   

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