Can you answer me a question?
Why don’t all these African mines large or small or companies in Africa selling gold just simply open a refinery account in say Dubai/Switzerland for themselves export their gold to the refinery by themselves and make more money than they would selling their gold directly to a 3rd party with all the hassle it does not make sense to me do you know the answer?
If I were them this is what I would do.
They either sell their gold locally (near where they mine) or do exactly what you suggested and sent it to a refinery themselves. It takes a serious amount of cash to set up a serious mining operation. Whomever lent or invested that cash is the one controlling what happens with the gold, and trust me they are selling it for top dollar – so would you.
The scammers try to get around this basic and reasonable concept by claiming the gold is an inheritance, belongs to the village or the came into the gold by some means other than actually mining it. This concept plays upon the greed in human nature allowing one to think “this is a real deal here” and that is exactly why the scams / scammers never stop. Sooner later someone will fall victim to their own greed and hand out upfront money for shipping or some other payment and lose it all.