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It doesn't really matter what is being asked for, if you pay up front don't expect to hear from the scammer again.
A thousand dollars may not be much for you but most Gold comes from countries where a $1000 goes a long way.
Some of the main Gold scams are: 1) The most common is sellers asking you to pay upfront costs for shipping of your Gold, Shipping is expensive and this can be many 1000's of dollars.
You will most likely receive your parcel but don't expect to find much Gold in it. I have known of this happening from 1kg up to a multi BILLION dollar deal. 2) Asking for a ticket to escort the Gold direct to you or for an agent to do so.
Do NOT send anything to anyone who you aren't 100% sure of.