In 2001 I was lucky enough win a 1 kilo bar of gold in a prize draw from the Prudential Insurance Company. I had never won anything in my life so this was an amazing bit of luck. The gold was
worth some 6500 at the time!!
Unfortunately and sadly for me, I found Nigel Goldmans company on the Internet a few months later in Feb 2002 as he claimed he was selling a gold bar similar to the one I had. I called him re current Gold prices and left a message with a lady who answered the call. About an hour later I got a call back and spoke to Nigel Goldman for the first time.
As I knew very little about Gold, I found him to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Nigel advised he was involved in Horse racing and that Gold and valuable coins where a sideline of his, and that he had been in the business for some time. His knowledge of the gold markets gave me no reason to doubt this.
From this time on, Nigel called me every few weeks or so to advise me how gold was performing in the markets and advised me that he was always dealing with customers who wanted gold on a weekly basis and that if I wanted to sell to him it would be no problem. He advised that he took 2% of the value of the gold as his commission, so by doing this a few times a week it was a very worthwhile sideline.
I was in no desperate rush to sell the gold as I was in no rush for the money so nothing happened for a few months and our conversations were polite but brief.
In April of that year, I decided that due to high work pressure I would take a holiday and along with my girlfriend, we decided that we would push the boat out a bit and go somewhere special. We booked a very expensive holiday (one we normally would not be able to afford) and decided that I would sell the gold when we returned to pay for it.
We went on holiday in early May for two weeks and I returned to work on Wednesday 22nd
May. That morning I got a phone call from Nigel. He told me that gold prices where the highest they had been for about 2 years and that now was the time to sell. He told me that if I confirmed
with him, he would book the sale and the price of the gold. He also said that he had a buyer in the USA. He advised that I would get STG 6850.00 after his commission. As I had to pay for my holiday, which was on my credit card, I agreed that it was a good time to sell it.
Nigel asked if I would send the gold to him by Federal Express as he had to get the gold off to the USA immediately. I prefer to do any deals face to face and so agreed that I would drive down to Brighton to his office to do the deal face to face there. Nigel confirmed his office address and
explained that he rented the two back offices of an Estate Agent as for his business he didnt need a shop front.
The earliest I could do this was Friday evening. Nigel agreed that this would be OK and said that he would be in the office until 21:00.
I drove to Brighton on the evening of Friday 24th May and arrived in Brighton at approximately 20:40. I was accompanied by a work colleague who had kindly taken some digital photographs of me with my gold prior to driving to Brighton, to keep as a souvenir.
When we arrived Nigel was standing in the doorway of his office and appeared to be on his mobile phone. We entered his office and he appeared smartly dressed in a suit, and tie, and was polite if brief, and very well spoken.
He had prepared 2 copies of a purchase invoice, of which he asked me to sign one copy for him. I asked if he should sign and he said it wasnt necessary, as it was just to confirm I had supplied him the gold as per the invoice.
The 2nd purchase invoice had a company cheque attached to it. I wasnt happy on taking a cheque for such a large amount of money and washad been told by Nigel that I would be paid by a bank draft, but as I was in the mans office, all the addresses and telephone numbers corresponded with his internet site, the fact he was very professional, well spoken and well dressed, I accepted it, knowing that if there were any problems, I would have no problems going back to him. He convinced me that everything would be fine. Big Mistake.
I handed Nigel Goldman the gold bar, which he inspected to make sure it was genuine and had the correct markings. We made polite chitchat for just a few minutes before we left. He kept us in the front of the shop for the entire proceeding and seemed rather keen for us to finish the deal and leave. I assumed this was due to the fact it was now around 21:00 and getting late.
Accepting this cheque is a decision that I am now sure I will regret for the rest of my life. My work colleague was witness to the entire proceeding as he was standing behind me while I sat at Nigels desk.
My girlfriend paid in the cheque on the Monday morning and it was on Friday 30th May that I got a call from my bank saying that the cheque had been returned. I called Nigel immediately on
his mobile phone and it was initially going to his answer-phone. I didnt leave a message but tried again about an hour later. I noticed that the phone ring-tone was different and from experience gathered that it was connecting internationally to a non-UK number. Nigel answered the phone and seemed somewhat shocked and surprised that it was me. I told him that I had had trouble
getting through to him and he said Im in Spain. When I told him that the cheque had been returned and he simply said pay it in again, it will be fine. I asked him for re-assurance that everything was OK and he repeated that it would be fine.
He seemed very keen to get me off the phone. He hung up.
That was the last time I ever heard from him.
The bank automatically represented the cheque on the 30th May and against my better judgement I looked to the best and assumed that Nigel had been telling the truth and it would be fine. Because
of the Queens Jubilee festivities, the cheque took longer to clear and I was expecting to have my money by the Thursday or Friday. On Friday 7th June at around 15:00, I received a call from my bank that the Cheque had again been returned and my heart sank. I knew at this point that I had been ripped off.
Nigel was unavailable on all of his phone numbers despite repeated calling. I jumped into my car and drove straight to Brighton. I visited Nigels office, which was closed, but took the number of the Estate Agent and called them. Their answerphone machine gave the owners mobile phone number and I then called that, but had to leave an answerphone message. The owner of the Estate Agents, called us back around two hours later.
He was very helpful and advised that he had been waiting for this to happen. He said that he thought that Nigel had left the country and had left him out of pocket by approximately one
thousand pounds with unpaid bills, and that there were faxes coming into the office from other people saying that Nigel had not supplied them with goods despite monies being sent. He had also heard from his shop cleaner, who was also Nigels housekeeper that Nigel had appeared
to have packed up everything at home and just left.
I was unable to contact Nigel Goldman from then on despite numerous attempts to call and Voicemails being left on his mobile phone. He never tried to contact me once.
Is this the behaviour of someone who has made a genuine mistake? If there was a problem with funds he could have simply returned the property to me, but he never did.
It is clear that at no point had Mr Goldman ever had any intention or the funds to pay me for the gold I supplied to him and I was the victim of a deception.
So in summary, Nigel took property from me, he gave me a cheque that would bounce as he had no funds to pay me for the item and he then he left the country immediately, stopped answering his phone and emails and never contacted me again.
Nigel Goldman has NEVER attempted to contact me re this transaction despite knowing he never
paid for the item, despite having all of my contact numbers and email addresses (which are the same now as they were then.)
I have FULL documentation to back up this story, including letters from the UK police, the original bouncing cheque (complete with Nigels signature and the stamps from the bank to show that it could not be cashed) and of course pictures of the gold complete with full serial numbers etc.
To Barry and John in Orlando I am truly sorry for your financial loss.
I have absolutely no reason to doubt your story as it has many similarities to my own dealings with Nigel Goldman. Please feel free to contact me via this site if you would like any further info on my story or I can help you or your law firm in any way.
To the representatives of the Euro Weekly News I give you a suggestion. Remove yourselves from any association with Nigel Goldman. Surely two similar stories from complete strangers on opposite sides of the Atlantic, both of which are for sizeable amounts of money that has been taken cannot be just a coincidence. And as mentioned, I have FULL paper work to back this up with.
Nigel Goldman mentions in his reply to the previously listed case that he has 100% feedback
from buyers and sellers Well here is one that is 100% UNSATISFIED and who was properly Ripped Off. Nigel Goldman pretends he is an international businessman but all he clearly does is play at living the high life using other peoples money.