Useful tips on detecting a scammer posing
as a breeder
Sadly, internet pet scams are on the rise. The
human affection for our furry friends is an open arms invitation
for many types of animal scams. With our love for animals we
often overlook the animal scams and can easily get taken.
Usually these scammers will place ads or have
websites that have nice pictures and are fairly well worded.
Rest assured that a scam site is only after money and the animal
will not exist, at least in their hands. The pictures are stolen
from legitimate websites. Scam websites may also take the
wording as well as testimonials from a legitimate breeder’s
Below are some tips on protecting yourself
against these scammers.
1. Look the websites over very closely. Are
there things that you find odd as in broken English, prices
drastically reduced, pictures of a totally different animal than
what is listed for sale
2. Make sure you ask for more pictures than are
on the website or in the advertisement. Ask for pictures at
different ages as well as different angles. Compare all the
pictures to make sure they are all the same animal. Can the
breeder produce them?
3. One of the reasons that these websites look
so legitimate is they steal the text from other websites. If you
want to see if the text is stolen, copy and paste the website
address into the search bar at
http://www.copyscape.com Copyscape will allow 10
checks per day per computer. It will list and place that has the
same exact text.
4. A person can also do what is called a “who
is” search on the domain name to see if it is registered in
www.DNSstuff.com There are Savannah breeders as well
as other animal breeders in other countries that are legitimate
so not all “out of country” websites are scams.
5. Check to see if there is a phone number.
While some breeders will prefer email contact and not list their
phone number, most will have a phone number on the site. Not
having a phone number on the website does not mean a breeder is
not legitimate. The purpose here is to check location. If there
is a phone number, do a search on the area code to see where it
is located. If the area code is out of the country but they say
they are in New York then you will have a great clue that the
site you are on is a scam site. Remember that there are some
breeders in other countries that are legitimate. Most of the
scam sites are people from African and Cameroon but I have seen
site listed in Australia, Europe, Russia, and Czech Republic as
You can also visit this website below to see if
the cattery websites are listed. This site only list legitimate
savannah cat breeders:
Remember, due diligence is your friend when
looking for a new forever fur friend for your home