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Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes we want so badly to believe the deal is good, even when it is too good to be true. The other thing is, like many con artists, he talked the talk. He knew the lingo, and had an answer for most questions at the ready, and some seemed perfectly plausible, especially to some one like me who realy wanted it to be true. I went as far as to buy the Green Dot money card he requested as a form of payment, and called him, ready to give him the number under the scratch off area on the back, then I stopped, and thought what do I have if he takes the money and runs????? So I asked him for his DOT number, and he claimed that because he was registered as a combination under 25000 GVW, he did not need one. I said I'd check it out, and get back to him. As luck would have it, my seller is a retired trucker, and said If he is registered commercial, and running interstate without a DOT number, he is operating illegal. I liked my seller's explanation, so then I googled his cell number, and the rest is history. I even read on another forum that this guy is supposedly well known for scamming people for car hauling. They say he was spotted advertising in Hemmings motor news.