I paid via bank wire after I had a photocopy of the title. That was the only way they would go ahead with payment outside of me taking a trip to Texas to pay and retrieve. I took the advice and filed a compliant with the local BBB in Texas.
Do you think the DA would actually do anything?
Often it is good to file with the Chamber of commerce of the state where the business is located. In Some Places the Chamber has more pull than the BBB. So, filing with both is a good thing. Besides if both agencies start calling, and it may strike stronger, and show that you are more serious. If those to options fail it will show the DA office that you have tried to get a resolution before bringing it to them, and that it is not frivolous.
Also, We can all learn from this, purchasing anything online should be done only via a credit card, or other means of recoverable funding. If a seller demands that it be paid via wire transfer, or other non-recoverable form of funding, should be cause for suspicion. A photo copy of the title is nothing, and worth only the value of the paper it is on, if not less. TIA is correct worth case scenario they now own a project bike that is actually a rare find in the US, and we all get the benefit of learning from the situation. Best Case I would expect would be Tia has a project bike, we learn from it, and TIA gets a little piece of their money back.
BTW, I bet the bike you bought will be awesome once you get the issues worked out. Just looking for the good in the situation.