Happens on Ebay too. I paid too much for an old Sears Silvertone parlor guitar; it looked really good in the photo. I have 100% feedback on Ebay; I don't like to leave negative feedback if I can help it. The guy was a music store dealer, didn't know that. The guy claimed the guitar was "all original". The tuning machines were cheap new modern machines. Very annoying.
Along the same lines; years ago I picked up an old Volvo P1800 coupe for $600.00. I advertised it in the newspapers when I realized I was never gonna fix it up. I put good condition in the paper, some nut called and then yelled at me when I told him the frame had been welded on
I finally sold it to a kid who slapped a plate on it and drove it away. I let him have the title unsigned; an open title.
I'm telling ya, ten years later I got a call from a stranger who said he was a Newark cop. ( I should have said, "What's your badge and precinct number?")
The guy was really pushy and wanted me to get the title cleared up somehow. I don't know what ever happened, maybe that kid never titled it either.
I told the guy no, leave me alone man.
Days later some documents came to me USPS in a manilla envelope with a check for $100.00 The guy was telling me to go straighten out a title to a car I sold a decade ago!
I wrote 'void' on the check and sent the documents back. I told the guy he could get a title straightened out, by getting it titled in Alabama, then he could transfer to NJ.
And PS; I'm amused when I look at my junk email box, scam after scam.