Beth – Apr 15, 2020
Victim Location 55904
Total money lost $1,200
Type of a scam Online Purchase
I found what I thought was an adorable persian kitten online for sale. The buyer said the price included her, AND transportation to my door. Requested payment through Zelle app. Once payment was made he then stated to look for an email from the company that was responsible for transporting the kitten.
I did. The email looked official but in hindsight, lacked phone numbers. Anyway they gave me "flight info" times etc.
The next email was one that stated that due to her weight that the crate she was in was insufficient and she needed to be in a heated crate for the flight.
The crates were not for purchase, but for rent and I would be refunded upon delivery of the kitten.
I had issues with zelle, getting the payment to go through, and in hindsight, it’s probably because it was actually the same person. But…they then suggested that I purchase gift cards for the amount of the crate. Yes. Red flags were going off, but… I did it anyway. Initially I told them that I didnt feel comfortable doing this, and they said that if i didnt i could be charged with the abandonment of an animal. Once I did it,
They then told me that she was on her way.
The next communication I received was that all flights were cancelled and that the cat was in wisconsin.
That I would get the cat the following day.
Never heard from them again. Seriously doubt the names that he gave me or his address are even real.