Meagan – Feb 11, 2021
Victim Location 33024
Type of a scam Online Purchase
Scammer appears to have several domains listed with Ragdoll kittens for sale at a cheap price of $700.
There is a contact form, which after filling out, the scammer emailed me back promptly, with a lot of convincing information about the kitten, and some questions about the prospective buyer’s home environment. There was one sketchy proclamation of:
"Price: $700 (FREE SHIPPING). Free shipping Coupons for this week ONLY.
BUT WHY CHEAP??? (We’re giving discounts because we’re expecting
our new litter so we want to sell them in order to reduce the workload since we both have other jobs. We also want ragdoll loving families to have an opportunity to own a kitten now. Our kittens have great temperament and lovely personalities with impressive pedigree. Our Kittens are 100% purebred. " They ended each email with "Thanks and waiting."
If you have ever purchased a kitten from a breeder before, this will ring alarm bells right away. A lot of work and planning goes into raising pedigreed kittens and this is a very cheap price for what is involved. I went along with it to see how far they would take it, and they sent me a sale contract. The only options for payment were Western Union and Moneygram. Neither of these offer buyer protection, so I requested PayPal goods and Services as the payment method, offering to pay the extra 6% fee. It was at that time that the breeder stopped responding and ghosted me completely.
Some of the domains I found that look very similar to the format and are registered at the same zip code in Fairfax VA:
Please be careful out there people! The scammers were not able to extract any money from me but they did get my full name and address, and I am kicking myself for not being more careful.