Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for gringos

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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by sandrab » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:31 pm

Never ever trust a gypsy to bless your money :?

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Post by Gloria » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:23 pm

sandrab wrote:Never ever trust a gypsy to bless your money :?
What happened Sandra, would you share with us? I really would like to know.
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Post by picalena » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:36 pm

Per admin - never say "si" on the telephone unless you are absolutely certain you know who you are talking to.

Isn't there also something about nanas, like always hire them under a contract or on boleta and never without one or the other?
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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by sandrab » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:19 pm

Gloria
Did not happen to me but I have been witness to many woman being swarmed and pushed into a corner by 3 or more gypsies who go right into their purse. I now carry my money in my front pocket and never stop when approached by them. I hate not trusting people but here is so different then northern Toronto.

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Post by Gloria » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:23 pm

sandrab wrote:Gloria
Did not happen to me but I have been witness to many woman being swarmed and pushed into a corner by 3 or more gypsies who go right into their purse. I now carry my money in my front pocket and never stop when approached by them. I hate not trusting people but here is so different then northern Toronto.
I'm glad it didn't happened to you and that you are using your wisdom by watching others and learning from their mistakes. Good for you!
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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by sandrab » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:27 pm

Tried to pm you but it did not work. If you have Skype I would like to talk :) my user name is sdb7109

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Post by Putenio » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:30 pm

Don't open a bank account with a relative or friend

When you are on a tourist visa, and since you can't open a bank account, but naturally want to do a bit of business/make purchases/etc., don't even consider opening a bank account under anyone's name, even if they are the godparents to your adopted children, you've known them 17 years and you facilitated the admission of, and full scholarship to, a US university for their first-born as the funds can and will be used up before the deposit is even logged at the bank.
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Post by john » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:02 pm

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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by Gloria » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:15 pm

sandrab wrote:Tried to pm you but it did not work. If you have Skype I would like to talk :) my user name is sdb7109
I just got a new pc and I haven't downloaded Skype. As soon as I have it running I'll let you know in the meantime email me, my email is working fine so please try it again.
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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:00 pm

Putenio wrote:Don't open a bank account with a relative or friend

When you are on a tourist visa, and since you can't open a bank account, but naturally want to do a bit of business/make purchases/etc., don't even consider opening a bank account under anyone's name, even if they are the godparents to your adopted children, you've known them 17 years and you facilitated the admission of, and full scholarship to, a US university for their first-born as the funds can and will be used up before the deposit is even logged at the bank.
There is an exception (guarded as always of course, use common sense, AS THIS IS CHILE), your long term SO, raised in Chile, citizen pareja or wife.

Disclaimer: I know nothing of what I speak :wink: .

Speaking of which ... for those who must have a business partner before permanent residency, the one that has a higher chance of working out is when it is your raised in Chile citizen wife (yes wife, don't know how applicable this observation is the other way around).
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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:23 am

admin wrote:1. Do not give an unlimited power of attorney or legal representative (different from a lawyer, but could be a lawyer) to anyone in Chile you do not REALLY trust. Don't just hand out a power of attorney to say the nice guy that showed you a property. Don't give one to a distant cousin. Perhaps give one to your wife or other close friend. I mean really, really close. We have seen more money lost by foreigners with this mistake than any other mistake hands down (possibly combined). I am talking millions of dollars a year, and those are just the people that come to us after they made the mistake. Only God knows how many gringos made this mistake. Limit powers of attorney and corporate legal representatives appropriately to the powers they need to do a job.
The guy I was staying with when I first got here offered to let me keep my money in his bank account, when I told him how difficult it was for me to open one here. I thanked him for offering, and changed the subject.
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Re: Definitive list of mistakes / don't do in Chile for grin

Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:32 am

gjz333 wrote:dont step on anything that looks even slightly unstable. i have seen a few wood coverings in the sidewalk and gone around them... a few days later i pass again and can tell someone fell thru.
http://www.allchile.net/chileforum/topic8054.html
And watch out for missing manhole covers.
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