Adorable Ragdoll Kittens for Sale Scam Online
Sylvia is a new Floppycats reader and has been in touch with me through e-mail to discuss adopting her first Ragdoll kitten when she retires a bit later this year. Unfortunately, she was nearly scammed into “buying” a kitten. I think it’s important to expose this information, so that others can find it. This is also one of the many reasons why my flags go up when cheap Ragdoll kittens are being sold.
As many of you know, I am a crazy couponer and often shop at CVS. I can’t tell you how many older people are in the store sending thousands of dollars via MoneyGram because of scams like this. The employees of CVS tell me about it all the time. However, they can’t stop the person from doing it- they can only warn them.
The whole idea makes me just sick. I don’t know how these folks live with themselves.
Here’s what Sylvia told me:
“You’re not going to believe this, but I almost got scammed yesterday. I received an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and texts from this lady (Kayla Williams) who was trying to sell 2 Point Seal ragdolls (male and female) for $400 each. They had papers, vet reports, etc. She also sent me 6 pictures of the kittens. Two of the pictures had a little girl about 5 years old or so holding them. Supposedly, this lady’s was in Sacramento making funeral arrangements for her mom who passed away. After much negotiation via text and email, she asked me to take the male and she would drop the price to $650 for both. Delivered. My husband and I are a bit skeptical by now. She said she was going to contact a pet courier and I would have both kittens in a couple of days.
Next thing I know I get this call from someone who is obviously not American, and I can’t understand a word he said. I asked him to call back because I couldn’t hear him or understand what he was saying. When he called back my husband answered. My husband asked for a his name, phone number, and their website (they claimed to be a Pet courier company). So, basically they wanted $500 via Western Union ONLY and the remaining $150 at time of delivery. My husband told him he needed to think it over and he would call him back. We checked the website and it didn’t exist. My husband did a little more research (I was too upset to do anything) and he told me he was pretty sure it was a scam. I was so upset and letdown. It really hurt. I still have her emails and I’m wondering if I should report it. Never in my wildest dreams would have I guessed there’s Scams when selling pets. Very disappointing.
Attached are the emails on how the SCAM started on Sunday, 23 Aug 15.
After the last page, all the correspondence was via text from Cell Phone 1-651-215-5019. The Pet Currier called saying they needed $500 dollars via Western Union ONLY!!! within 24 hrs, and the remainder $150 at the time of delivery. My husband asked for a name, website and after 2 hours of conversation back and forth with a gentleman with very broken English, we figured out it was a SCAM. If you try to call this number you’ll get a recording (hard to understand) and shortly after that you will receive an email asking how they can help. I got the cell number from website is www.advertigo.net. When I found out this was a SCAM, I went to retrieve the text, and they had mysteriously disappeared. However, I was able to retrieve the cell number.
This morning I called the number and got the voice mail. I didn’t leave a voice mail. At 10:53 I received a “hello” text. I didn’t reply. At 10:45 I received and text “Hello, are you there? At 10: 47(me) I’m interested in ragdoll kittens. Where are you located?. At 10:49 “Sacramento, CA and we talked about the kittens already. Let me know if you are willing to continue delivery of kittens at you home” At 10:52 (me)Nope. I just wanted to make sure I had correct number for the Scam. Gotcha! At 11:05. Ok.”