Thank you Zoey - I'm afraid none of this is a surprise - I was just desperately clinging to the hope that perhaps this company was genuine. I knew they were newly formed, but hoped the link with Germany was strong. I am not new to fraud having been a victim of the boiler room gang from whom 110 arrests were made at the end of March. I even appeared on TV news etc and in the press, representing the 850+ victims of such fraud, (using my maiden name). There will be little to hand out from the sale of their assets I'm afraid. Cleaned out as I am, I had fervently hoped that I could glean some returns from the carbon and the metals, but as you confirm they are also tainted with fraud. The Rare Earth Metal Exchange bins were found to be partially non-existent when the liquidators looked into what was stored in Merritts in Nottingham, and Denver Trading is now very suspect too, although I am told my numbered drums are registered to me in the warehouse in Wimbledon. I wonder if you have any information on Denver that I should know - though I have heard rumours - or even on the Cadogan Warehouse in Wimbledon which stores all sorts of other commodities also? Incidentally, my paperwork for the recent scam contains pages of contracts and agreements - even a copy of a passport photo - none of which I suppose would hold any credit anywhere? The City of London police did not suggest previously that such documents have any value, so I'm sure that is correct. Regrettably I decided to follow my own judgement rather than theirs on Dirk Martens, again trusting a gut feeling of hope. I'm afraid that finally I have to replace lifelong trust now with suspicion. I look forward to your final answers.
I have one more question Zoey. I may now have to consider selling my home although this really will be a last resort if I can't get my head above water another way. Do you have any idea if fraudsters are moving into the property purchase arena particularly? I would have to consider reversionary property purchase so that I may stay as a nominal-rent tenant perhaps but I know they would give me only about half the value of the house. It would just be matter of working out my sums very carefully I think, to see if it is a viable plan financially.