Re: Are we talking about a parallel universe I'd like to live in?
There's an old story from years ago: adverts appear in porn magazines for a catalogue catering for all sorts of acquired tastes. Cheques are posted, but publication slips and apology letters sent. A month later the same. Finally an apology is sent "we're sorry, due to events beyond our control" etc. and a refund cheque issued: in the form of a giant pink cheque with "Felchers guide to Sexual Deviancy" (along those lines - I'll be damned if I'm googling for it) written in large letters on the top. Unsurprisingly not many of these were cashed.
My point is, this sort of scam has form.