Someone on Facebook sent us this link to the story about Matt Buckingham or Tyler Matthews, or something who says he’s in Homeland Security, or the Marines or the Coast Guard or something. According to Chris Nagus of KMOV, none of those services have ever heard of him;
Whether it’s Tyler or Matt, his phone number is plastered on a Craigslist ad, asking women to apply to raise money for the troops at bars and restaurants.The ad promises up to $200 a night, so one of our producers responded.
He introduced himself as Tyler and went on to tell our producer about his past. Buckingham AKA Tyler said “I’m not supposed to get any attention because of my job … right now I work for homeland security … I’ve been to Afghanistan twice … Marines picked me up when I was 17 … I’m officially in the coast guard.”
It was one incredible story after another, too bad none of it’s true.
We checked with the U.S. Army, Marines, Homeland Security and the Coast Guard and they have not heard of Matt Buckingham.
But it’s part of his recruiting pitch; it’s not the first time News 4 has dealt with a member of the Buckingham family.
His father promised to give portions of the money he made in his yard-work business to the troops, but none of that money ever made it. His father also says in the video that he wouldn’t do business with his son. That family love is overwhelming.
Category: Phony soldiers