I was talking with some colleagues in the area, and we all got contacted by a scammer targeting home inspectors or we all turned our backs on helping an honest person who was in a very unfortunate and unusual situation.
It can quickly be seen as a scam right away, but just in case someone inadvertently gets wrapped up in it, the scammer does this:
Contacts you asking if you take credit cards, then goes on to ask you to give money to the seller of the house by giving you a credit card number over email, pays you for your time, and pays upfront for the inspection. The scammer says he is out of state in the hospital, deaf, and can only communicate through written modes of communication.
…You will then be on the hook for however much money you delivered to the “seller” when the bank demands it’s money back in a few days.