Yah, that is really bad. I think the only thing you could have done was to ask for pics, at which point you would have realized it was not going to work. Again though, that is not your responsibility, just something that most here would have done.
Golan - you do realize that anytime someone google's you, they are going to get this thread...for the rest of your life? Do the right thing man and give this guy his money back.