I received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in response to a wanted ad I posted on eham.net. After being ask to send an USPS MO to an address in a different state that the QRZ registration, I was immediately suspicious. In checking QRZ, I noticed a different email address, so I reached out via that address and made contact with the real Ryan. He confirmed his call had been hijacked and informed me that someone in Canada was taken for ~$200 last week, probably by the same scum bag.
The address where I was told to send the payment is as follows. After a little googling, it appears that address has been used for other scams:
5700 windy gorge street Las vegas,
Potential Scammer warning signs:
- Request to send payment via Western Union
- Request to send payment to a different address than listed on QRZ or FCC ULS
- Use of one of the many free email services (not a conclusive indicator, but when combined with other warning signs, take heed).