Now that i've got that out of the way, here's what happened. I have just discovered that i am a victim of online fraud. I saw a motorbike advertised on bikesales.com.au, and got in contact with the seller via email, no phone numbers given (mistake number one). It was a 1990 CBR250RR with the tyga race fairings and carbon exhaust. What hooked me was the asking price of $3000, with RWC and rego! Here is a couple of pics so you can all drool at what i thought was gonna be my first bike: Hot isn't it. Anyways, The seller gave the name Sandra Adler. Sandra said that she had moved to the UK from Melbourne about 3 weeks ago, and had to garage the motorbike before she left. She said that she worked for an airline, so she could travel back to Australia to sell the bike relatively easily. We arranged to meet on Wed 10th January. She wanted a $1500AUD deposit before taking a flight to ensure that i was a serious buyer, and that we would use an Escrow service (overseas deposit, common??). I received an email from the Escrow service, requesting payment via Western Union money transfer. I sent the money without thinking twice, as i assumed that the transaction could not be completed without my confirmation (that's how escrow works). Today i recieved an email from bikesales.com.au saying the ad was suspicious and had been removed, and told me not to contact the seller (DOH!! ). But they were too late, and i was too stupid. I contacted Western Union and the tranfer has been completed, so there's no way they can get my money back. The escrow email was obviously fake, as it requested that i provided the MTCN number after i transfered the money. As i had never used western union before i was not aware of the risks involved, and essentially i sent the money and gave them the number to complete the transaction. I have contacted the Victoria police and they said to call Western Union (but it's too late from their end) and after that London Police. I feel like a complete idiot as there were so many warning signs that should have rung alarm bells. It's gonna take me another few months before i am able to save enough money again. I guess a 19 year old guy was too excited about getting his first bike.