[meteorite-list] Recently found Algerian Iron
From: Michael Farmer <mike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:47:45 +0200
The Meteorite is real. That?s not a problem. The problem it that there are 1000 people brokering it, none of whom own it or have ever even seen it. It sits in Algeria pretty much untouchable.
I am a serious buyer but the games being played with it make it a scam. When I see it delivered to my house in Tucson I?ll know it?s really for sale.
> On Apr 5, 2018, at 10:30 AM, Robert Verish <bolidechaser at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Looks like April Fool's Day comes early in Morocco.
> Thanks for this update, Mike, and for the crucial info on this meteorite.
> Something told me that you would have the "low-down" on this specimen.
> Even thought about contacting you, but I decided not to bother you.
> Glad no damage was done, and no one got hurt in this fiasco. But it sure is a shame,
> that this great looking iron meteorite is now "lost to the ages". Wonder where it is?
> Too bad there isn't a discussion group that discusses meteorites such as this one.
> Too late to join Facebook.
> Bob V.
> All sales of mythological iron meteorites are hereby permanently suspended.
> On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 11:44 PM, Michael Farmer <mike at meteoriteguy.com> wrote:
> Where have you been Bob? This iron has been on the market for last year and a half. Waste of time. I?ve tried to buy it. Your ?friends? surely don?t own it any more than anyone else sharing the photos. I?ve received them from people in Kenya, U.K., China, and about 1000 Moroccans.
> It?s a total scam.
> Good luck suckers.
> Michael Farmer
> > On Apr 5, 2018, at 1:51 AM, Robert Verish via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > Finally have some good news to report. Some fellow meteorite-hunters have contacted me to report that they have recovered a 255kg iron from the Sahara Desert in Algeria. This was well before April Fools Day, and the photos of it in-situ and "oiled-up" are very convincing. I immediately put them in contact with an officially-approved institution here in USA for classification. Apparently, they declined to cut this wonderful-looking and huge mass of iron (and no smaller masses have been found), until after they have a confirmed buyer. I probably should say "buyers", because I feel it will take a "consortium" of buyers to meet their asking price of
> > $2/gram.
> > The finders have already received a number of offers, but nearly all were bogus. That's why they came to me to help them with filtering-out the scammers. So, when I say that I will only forward "serious offers", I'm serious. And, this is the limit of my involvement with this find. That, and helping to get this iron classified and made "official".
> > You can see some of those photos here:
> > http://meteorite-recovery.tripod.com/2018/apr18.htm
> > If seriously interested, please contact me off-List.
> > Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoy the photos,
> > Bob V.
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