The New Scam with Money Orders

I received a text today. Colorado cell number. Guy said he was “Master Chief Lucas Hays”, and he was at the Poltava Base in Ukraine. Has a local house that he wanted to purchase for his dad. Sent address. A vacant house built in 88 for sale by owner. Said he had spoken to owner and wanted a price. I gave him a price and he went in to the familiar “l’ll send a money order and when you deposit in your bank you can do the inspection”. Told him I don’t accept money orders but could use credit card, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. Or bank draft. Said he was “old school”
And didn’t have any of those as he was going through a divorce, “I’m old school and I only use checks”. I told him ok send a usps money order and when I cash it at the post office I will do the inspection. Never another word. I looked up the base and hasn’t been used since late 80’s and no info on us troops being there.

this is a scam


Yep, scam.
These scam emails and/or texts are never written in a way that even remotely resembles a conversation I have ever had with a legitimate client.
Immediate delete with no response from me. I’m too busy to entertain these folks.


Yes, Agreed.