Ahh, gotta love the guy who kicks a man when he's down, then pours salt in his eyes. I'm sure the OP learned a lesson without your unnecessary remark.
To the OP
I really hope things work out for you or, in the very least, the scammer(if he is that) is struck by lightning.
It was not my intent to kick JoePhotoOnline while he was down. I was taking advantage of the opportunity to use a 'teachable moment" by illustrating how a persons judgment can be clouded by a chance at a phenomenal deal. I understand how attractive these deals can be when money is tight but half of nothing is still nothing.
In order for a scam (if that is what it was) to work it requires the active participation of the victim. I am sorry for JoePhotoOnline and hope that his lapse in judgment does not result in what I also consider a significant loss.