What You Need to Know about Botswana Diamonds!

First off, you must understand that diamond sales and sales process greatly varies from one Country to another. In some Countries, sales are entirely controlled by the Government, in others, not so much.

So what is so different about Botswana Diamonds? We have people contacting our Trade Desk offering rough diamond parcels from Botswana…really? Are these offer genuine? This answer is no, such offers do not exit, period!

What do you mean? Well, it is actually very simple, the Botswana Government has made a Join Venture with DeBeers in 1969 creating Debswana Diamond Company Ltd. which controls the market.

In order to jumpstart the economy of the Country, a Botswana law was enacted in order to mandate that all diamonds exported out of Botswana be cut and polished, in order to create employment, so no rough diamonds can exit the Country legally.

Given, some people are illegally smuggling stones out of every diamond producing Countries, however, all these ridiculous rough offers claiming to have Botswana origin are fake!

DeBeers even moved their head office from London to Gaborone a few years ago, and Gaborone now has one of the most extraordinary diamond facilities in the world.

 

Beware of Fake Diamond Exporter’s Licenses in Sierra Leone & Elsewhere

In the Diamond Business, scammers are everywhere, from fake African Sellers to Western Brokers acting as hot shot Diamond Buyers all over the internet, fake rough diamond manifests are flying all over the internet like an Airbus 380 goes around the world, and than are being sanitized by brokers afraid to be circumvented on their commissions, which is even funnier.

These low life will act and pretend to be someone they aren’t, fake seller’s (mostly in Africa) will send you fake export licenses, manifests for astronomical amounts of diamonds, ranging from 10,000 CTS to 500,000 CTS, claiming to be able to supply such quantities monthly (LOL). 99% of these are fake, in order to be able to supply such quantities, you have to be a company like Alrosa or De Beers, and believe me when I tell you that these large mining companies do not send out such manifests through brokers on the internet.

Here are some examples of fake licenses from Sesay Moses of Global Mining Company S/L Limited, John E. Cole (CEO of Fashion Mining and Company SL Limited), these scammers and crooks can be very creative, will promise you the world and the story will change as they go on.

Moses Export License

Scams can go from a request for Buyers to issue an SBLC, seller would provide a fake POP, once the Letter of Credit is open (few banks these days would still let you fall for these scams by the way), they would “take you hostage for ransom” and request a lump sum in order for their bank to release the instrument.

Others will simply set you up with corrupted local cops, get your parcel confiscated and get a cut back from the bribe. There are a million ways for these crooks to scam you over the internet, or on the ground.

The most important thing is never to pay anything up front, never to open any kind of instruments, and always transact at the government offices where the stones will be evaluated by a professional gemologist before paying any money.