A guy DH works with was the second highest bidder on a boat being sold on eBay. After auction end he recieved an email saying that the winning bidder backed out and he was offered the boat as the second highest bidder. This and subsequent e-mails looked to be right from ebay! (I'm sure they were not) I lose the exact sequence of events of the story here, but apparently the email gave the location where he could view the boat. It was requested that he pay via Western Union. (that would have been a red flag for me!) He viewed the boat and decided to go through with the offer. The next day he sent the $$ via Western Union. At lunch he took a friend to go see the boat and it was GONE! A man on the property said that the winning bidder came to pick up his purchase. At this point, DH's co-worker realizes he's been scammed and calls West. Union to stop the transfer of $$. They stopped it and 5 mins later someone came to try to pick it up! Not enough time for the authorities to be there waiting so the guy walked.