I'm not going to start making accusations (at least, not yet), but something very questionable just got brought to my attention. I'd appreciate some input to see if I'm totally off base -- but I don't think I am. A local ham and good friend of mine (I'd prefer not to name him publicly) has decided to part with his Elecraft K3 and replace it with a Ten-Tec Orion II. He saw an ad on another site advertising a used Orion II with ATU for roughly half the cost of a new one. He thought he had a deal, but he called me because some things were bothering him. First, the person claimed to be Leo C. Purvis WB5DTK, from Texas, who is an 93+ year old ham. Who is planning to replace the Orion with a brand Yaesu rig. However: A quick search on that name finds listings for a Dr. Leo C. Purvis, from Texas. Who passed away on 28 December 2012. (See: http://www.lacyfuneral.com/currentobituary.cfm?obituary=6729, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=162098936 http://www.tributes.com/show/Leo-C.-Purvis-95231683 ) Red Flag #1 The seller doesn't want to use PayPal, but wants a Postal Money Order only. Red Flag #2 The seller wants the money sent to "my agent", one Leonard Chiddister, at an apartment address in Fort Worth. Red Flag #3 -- see http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?284078-WESTERN-UNION-AND-SCAMMERS!&p=2362222#post2362222 And since he agreed to the transaction, my friend is being bombarded with emails from the seller to hurry up & complete the transaction. Red Flag #4. Did I mention it's a Yahoo email account? Not neccesarily a red flag, but considering everything else... Now, maybe it's my suspicious nature, but I do believe my friend is being scammed. (And he thinks so too, that's why he called me) Or am I wrong?