The instructions were explicit: “go to the phone booth on 3rd and Main and wait for a call and answer it on the fourth ring.” Howard did exactly as he was instructed and when the phone rang he waited for the first three to end before picking up.
“Now, take the money to the trash can on 4th and leave it there. Don’t hang about, just walk away without looking back.”
“But how do I know you will keep your side of the bargain?” Howard asked.
“You will just have to trust me. Once I have the money I will give you further instructions.”
Howard did as he was told, but thought it was the strangest eBay purchase he had ever made.