Christian – Apr 11, 2020
Victim Location 44107
Type of a scam Online Purchase
04/10/2020 – I did an online search for Scottish Fold cats/kittens for sale or adoption. I looked at several different websites, such as Adopt a Pet, Go Kitty, Pet Finder etc., but I believe Fred Scottish Fold Kittens came up as an ad on a google search. This is the ad:
scottish fold cats | same day delivery?
All Kittens Going At a 50% Discount. We don’t just Breed kittens, we enjoy them being
around us all the time."
The website looks professional, but I noticed incorrect wording and grammar throughout. They have 10 of kittens listed which seemed like a lot and every kitten is exactly the same age, 11 weeks old which seemed odd. There is no mention of sires or dams, however. They have a lot of pics of each kitten and all had lengthy descriptions. The stand out was the price, which is $400. This is well below the usual price for a Scottish Fold. To inquire about a kitten you fill in a simple form and choose the kitten you are inquiring about. Although it was obviously shady, I was curious to see how they would respond so for the heck of it I inquired about a specific kitten. Early the next morning I received a text message telling me they had sent me an email with more information. This is the email, notice that it came from "Andy Scottish Fold Kittens" using the "Fred Scottish Fold Kittens" gmail address:
"Our Female Scottish Fold Kitten Coco
Andy Scottish Fold Kittens
Sat 4/11/2020 8:29 AM
Thanks for the interest in our Scottish Fold Kittens. Coco is still available and ready to go to a new home. Our kittens have been recently Vet-checked & 100% Healthy, de-wormed, on shots, and potty trained. We offer one year health guarantee and also offer free life time support and advice for all customers especially first time kittens owners to ensure your kitten is healthy and has a long life expectancy for the love and concern we have for all our litters and also recommend a constant update of all our kittens in their new homes to be sure they are well taken care of. All our kittens are going at a 50% discount.
We sell Coco for $400 but firstly, We will appreciate you getting back to us with the answers to the following inquiries below before we proceed with the adoption process to be sure your house can make a good home for her.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR KITTEN
Pet Name : Coco
Breed : Scottish Fold Kitten
Sex : Female
Age : 11 Weeks
*What’s included : Registered/registerable, Current vaccinations, Health
*Price : **$400+ $100 (shipping fee for all USA states except the state of Hawaii) Total = $500
Registered/registerable, Current vaccinations, Health guarantee
Getting a good home for her is the most essential thing we have ever wanted. So i have some few questions for you which I hope you get back to me with the answers sincerely. I just want to make sure that she is getting into the right home. Hope you don’t mind?
-Where precisely are you located ?
-Have you ever raised or owned a kitten before?
-Do you have a nearby vet clinic in your area ?
-Does your environment accepts pets ?
-How soon do you need her ?
-Your contact number will be appreciated
We are sorry for the questions, it’s just that we prefer a caring family, as the answers would help us to know if your home would be the best place for her as all we need is just a new loving and caring home for the kitten.
We will also like to let you know that we do NOT place any of our kittens in homes that will practice unprofessional breeding for Money making with little or no love and care giving to them. All our kittens are re-homed for PET PURPOSES ONLY. So as long as you can make us understand that you will share the love in your homes with these kittens, we will consider placing one or more of our kittens to your home.
We are located in: 7114 Lost Canyon DrDallas,TX 75249
Phone Number (469) 294-1908
Available Kittens – Fred Scottish Fold Kittens
SCOTTISH FOLD KITTENS FOR SALE. All Kittens come with Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee. Health Guarantee. Airline approved crate. ISO Microchip. Health Certificate.
"Our commitment to you doesn’t end with a purchase. We shall always be available, ready to provide you any information or advice needed to get the best experience with your kitten"
Best Regards . We look forward to hearing from you soon."
So, I did a search of the phone number and address they provided and found them to be associated with other websites, all selling pets, both kittens and puppies at very low prices and all being reported as scams, according to the ScamPulse.com and at least one other website that reports internet scam complaints. In one complaint, the person tried to purchase a kitten named Hiro, which is interesting because there is a kitten on their website currently with the same name that is listed as available for purchase.
People reported that they were scammed out of money for Havanese puppies, Mini Dachshund puppies and Scottish Fold kittens.
Fred Scottish Fold Kittens address was associated with "Joy Scottish Fold Kittens" which listed a different phone number and was reported as a scam. The website appears to have been removed.
Across the board their m.o. seems to be, they only accept payment through various money transfer apps or wire transfer then request additional payments for upgraded travel crates or delivery services etc. Based on the complaints, the pets are in fact never received by the purchaser.
So, buyer beware, as always, if it seems to good to be true, it is. Always check the ScamPulse.com and other websites to see if something is a scam before sending any payments or deposits.
I would like to note that I did not lose any money and did not respond to the email or text message I received this morning. However I do believe that if I had proceeded with communication they most certainly would have requested that I send them money asap to facilitate a quick delivery of the kitten. If they communicate with me again, I will only say that I am no longer interested.
Jaclyn – Mar 31, 2020
Victim Location 02124
Type of a scam Online Purchase
There has been a scam similar to the report on Joy Scottish Fold Home. Danscottishfoldkittens.com are advertising kittens for sale online. They use stolen credit cards and invent identities to defraud people shopping for a kitten kitten online.
In the first email, the scammer will ask all the right questions, putting you through the motions to prove your suitability: how would we care for our kitten, how would we train him, how often would he be alone?
Then the fraudsters emails will get shorter and normally keep to sms messages. This is because the first email is a template where as you are now dealing with the actual scammer.
The “Scam Breeder” will ignore any questions about their affiliation with any clubs or organisations, and questions about the kitten’s parents. The main focus now is convincing you to pay as soon as possible. The kitten will be shipped to you by the scammers perferred delivery company. There is no other option. If you insist on picking up your new kitten they will eventually agree. It makes no difference to them if you travel for 4 hours because they are not at the address they claim to be.
Danscottishfoldkittens.com will claim to deliver the kitten using a Fraudulent Delivery company which is actually another scam website they set up in order to steal your money by charging for non existent delivery, a air conditioned travel crate, medical insurance for your kitten as well as multiple other fees.