I’ve had two very similar experiences happen to me in the last two weeks that I thought I would share so others can avoid getting scammed.
First time I was walking up Suk Soi 11 and I saw two Nigerian guys walking up the street on the opposite side. One began to cross the street making sure to take an angle that had him ending up on my side as he crossed. He introduced himself as Jacob and asked mine. I gave him the first name that popped into my head, Steve, and he told me “Oh, that’s a very interesting name.” Bullshit it’s an interesting name.
Then his friend crosses and starts walking behind us. I turn into a foot massage joint and they keep walking past. I was planning on getting a massage anyway but these guy helped me pick the first one I came across 🙂
I saw both of the guys walking back and forth on the connecting road between Soi 11 and Soi 15 and up and down Soi 11. I have no idea what they’re up to but is seems dodgey as all hell.
Then about a week later I was leaving my hotel and was walking down that same connecting street between 11 and 15 and two different guys do the same exact thing. One crosses over and starts trying to make small talk and the other one comes up behind. Fortunately, I was less than a block away from the cleaner where I was picking up my clothes so I didn’t have to get another foot massage.
If anyone knows exactly what this scam is please post it here. I’ve never seen Nigerians hanging out much on Soi 11 but they seem to be slowly migrating up from Soi 5 which they’ve made their home.
And just to get this out of the way . . . I don’t consider myself racist. I don’t care if it was two Thais, two Americans, or two Brits, what these guys are doing is seriously unsettling and intimidating. The fact that I saw two different groups doing it tells me that it’s something organized.
Now, they could be well intentioned missionaries trying to show me the path to God but if that’s how they train their people then they need a new director of training. Any way you look at it I don’t want them talking to me or following me.