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GOLD SCAM ALERT
Current as at 2008
GOLD DUST; ALLUVIAL GOLD; BULLION GOLD
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This is a Community Fraud Alert brought to you by TheGoldMakers of Australia
AUSTRALIAN SCAMMERS/ FRAUDSTERS
OPERATING ON EBAY, MOSTLY SELLING PRETEND GOLD SEALED IN TINY SMALL BOTTLES TO AVOID SUSPICION:
Hi I have just bought an item that was supposed to be pure gold [24kt] from
Stamps_plus on Ebay, and I have received the so called gold and IT IS FAKE! I
bought 20grams of 24kt gold for my business and immediately tested it upon
arrival and found it was fake, base material, dissolving rapidly in 70% nitric
acid; it also failed heat test, resulting in a grey black, semi-metallic mass. I use and
make gold products all the time and we are very familiar with pure gold
[24kt]... I am contacting all buyers from this person because we take our gold
industry very seriously, including its customers. Upon arrival the package was
actually opened in front of a witness. I thought that the community members
Thank you and regards Robert Manager MyAustralianShop
From Buyer: MyAustralianShop.com on 18/01/2008 16:19 AEDT
REFINED AUSTRALIANS SCAMMED BIG TIME --- EX AFRICA
AGR, one of the biggest refineries around, had a gentleman come in with their top executives, escorted by security staff, and escorting large wooden box, with security straps and large lock... this box was full of gold and it was being brought in for refining after the gentleman paid big money and brought it in from one African nation. They had the whole show, with camera to record the opening and the weigh-in of the gold, but lock couldn't be opened, and so it was cut open by security, only to find that the box was full of rock and wooden bits of craft from Africa. The man had just lost all of his savings plus his house! He was shown the gold before leaving Africa, but the box was switched before being put on the plane, arriving in Australia with nothing.
Be very careful... if gold is as cheap as they are selling it, we'd be over there buying it, but why would they sell it so cheap to you in the first place?
Of course the stories are that numerous, and one of the best is that they
have to wait so very long before being paid by the official buyers there, and
all these companies are operating on their grandfather's land and give them
royalties in gold and so much of it is there, that they just want to get rid of
it at half price///
what you may not know is that there are Government agencies there that actually go to the villages where there is actually gold, and they pick it up for the genuine people who have gold, and pay them either on the spot or soon after, and only a couple of dollars below the International Spot Price.
Don't be fooled, and don't end up with a wooden box full of rocks!
-- Site Admin, 2008
AUSTRALIANS beware of so-called Chinese Silver on Ebay
During the years 2007 and 08, there has been numerous attempts by so-called merchants from China operating on Ebay and pretending to sell Real Solid Silver in Pure Form, but many of them have now been deregistered... if any one tries to sell you silver or especially Gold, well below the Bullion Price, be very careful, as it is obviously a fraud! It is common to get deals below International Bullion prices when metals are not refined, but certainly not at half price and certainly sellers who are honest usually have their business registered or that they have a concrete list of credentials, so be very aware.
-- Site Admin, 2008
In Ghana, the official Gold agency is PMMC, or: PRECIOUS MINERALS MARKETING COMPANY LIMITED
This is an excerpt from the Ghana Official Site against fraud and for the protection of the country's genuine, small-scale gold producers, and for the protection of international buyers, some of which have fallen victim to elements of crime both here in Australia, in Ghana, in Mali, and many other places...
Ghana SCAMMERS/ FRAUDSTERS
Currently operating under the pretence of needing mining equipment rather than hard cash, until the last phase of the so called negotiations, where you do not pay for the gold but for fees!
Beware, very high level scam
SAMPLES OF REAL GOLD WILL BE SENT TO YOU!!!
Some of the Pseudonyms used: "Harry [Aust. Agent]; Dickson; James plus a whole lot more
Mali SCAMMERS/ FRAUDSTERS
GOLD DUST, from Omar Diallo and associates
Same as for Ghana, and with phone calls to you direct, with many reassuring stories, with Western Union as method of payment... very bad area to deal with, operating out of Bamako AND other Western African cities...
Names include: Omar Diallo plus others