Meteorites passed off as pyrite seized by Chinese customs

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Almost half a metric ton of meteorites declared as pyrite ore on import have been seized by authorities in the southern city of Shenzhen, China's customs agency said on Monday...:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/23/asia/china-meteorites-seizure-scli-intl-scn/index.html

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Yes...To collectors.
I purchased a couple of 1/2 kilo samples from a particular region of China and they turned out to be Maghemite.
This is one of them.
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Be careful; There are a lot more fakes in the market than genuine meteorites.
I sent a sample from the one in the pic to a lab in Perth that verified it was not from a genuine meteorite..Just a natural Earth rock.
 
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