When my son was looking at LPs we saw a "Gibson Special" on gumtree for $800. No picture so I smelled a rat.
Called the guy and asked, is it a Gibson SG or Les Paul. Just says Special, he replied. Does it have the word "Epiphone" anywhere on the guitar, I ask. Why yes it does, he says. You really should mention that in the ad, says I, and the guitar is a $250 Epiphone Special II.
The guy was clearly playing dumb, he knew what he had and that it wasn't a Gibson.
He also said he had two people coming around to look at it. I sincerely hope one of them kicked his arse.