I answered a thread here on QRZ for an IC 746 for sale by Steve Bowen N7CPU on Feb 17th. https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/icom-ic-746-non-pro-with-extras.647045/ I was interested in the radio, and responded on-thread and via conversation. No responses on the QRZ Forum, but "steve bowen" responded via direct email. Nothing appeared fishy and the email address properties didn't indicate it was a re-direct. We agreed on a price, and I sent him the money via paypal as a person which reverses the charges ( I paid the transfer fee). He acknowledged receiving the money and said he would ship the next day. Then nothing. No emails to the email address have been returned. I sent him a QSL card to his FCC listed address with a request for the shipping information - nothing. He hasn't even logged on to QRZ since them. Looking further into this, it appears the rig had been sold before 2 years ago using the same pictures and almost same exact text. Searching for threads by N7CPU do not turn up the thread above. Paypal was of little help. I was told that how the transaction (Personal vs Services/Merchandise) makes a huge difference on their end. What I did find on the paypal website was an additional email address for N7CPU. I attempted contact via that address, nothing. It appears on March 3rd, he decided to refund the money, but canceled the transaction. I called PayPal and they told me "his electronic check bounced". So lessons learned: 1)As the QRZ rules state, never ever send money for a Service/Merchandise as a Personal Transaction. You may think you are doing them a favor by sending the full amount, and it is not illegal, but you loose all leverage if you don't receive your Service/Merchandise. 2) Ignore "likes" on FS threads, they probably don't even know the individual and are at best, misleading. 3) I broke my cardinal rule and didn't actually speak to Steve Bowen. I've done this with every personal internet transaction- but this one.[ Expensive learning experience and the 1st time I've been taken by a ""ham""