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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:48 pm 
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Maybe Im just naturally leery of people in general....or maybe my scam-dar is tingling.....

Does this breeder seem legit to you guys??

http://cutebengals.hpage.com

This possible breeder is selling kittens for $500/each, 2 for $800, 3 for $1000. Price includes shipping, which I KNOW costs $350. Soooo, a kitten for $150? Seems fishy. Ive cross referenced the images with a google search and couldnt find any matches...but something about the wording in the website just seems.....off.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:12 pm 
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I know very little about breeders etc, never having bought a kitten. The website does seem very simple and basic but maybe the person who wrote the text is not that easy with writing, grammar etc. However, what does surprise me is the prices you mentioned do not seem to match the obvious quality of the kittens. The markings are so beautiful and rosettes so huge - surely these kittens are breeding/show quality kittens? I am so glad I will never have to go through the whole kitten choosing/buying process!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:23 pm 
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After texting with these people, I am positive it is a scam. They couldnt keep a story straight, or even get their names correct more than once. Quite the elaborate play, what with the website and such....

Shame, I would gladly have purchased Lili!!!



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:28 pm 
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When I Googled the email address on the home page drgeniee@gmail.com I came up with a second website http://beautifulbengal.hpage.co.in but the page is "locked". When I viewed the source text it looks like the page is in India.

They have a TICA logo and link but there are only 2 breeders listed for Maryland and neither one is this cattery.

Personally - I do not think they are legitimate. I would report them to TICA and the International Bengal Cat Society for using their logos as well

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:38 pm 
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Well something is not right. Look at Karly the little snow bengal. They show a young kitten photo of him with dark small spots (click on the snow under meet the parents and another window open with young Karly's photo), then they show another photo of him a few weeks older (click on available kittens) and the face is totally different and there are large light markings nothing like the 2-week earlier photo of Karly. Unless they have two snows named Karly for sale.

It is the same for Lili. At 10 weeks she has lots of tiny dark spots and her 12 week photo shows a completely different cat with huge rosettes. I sent them a message asking about this but I doubt they will respond.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:46 pm 
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Wow...I never tried clicking on the parents photos...but yep, youre 100% correct. Completely different kittens.

.....I hate scammers with a passion.....


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:40 pm 
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Yes, definitely a scam. My first post here, but I visit the forum often. The pictures of the available kittens are from my breeders website, and the 'mother' is one of their cats as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:41 pm 
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You may want to advise your breeder their pictures are being fraudulently used on a scam page...I know I would want to know....


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:39 pm 
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Just tried to open your link to have a nose and it's showing a 'locked page' now.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:46 pm 
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The page is gone now ... so I guess they figured out someone was on to them. Great job! However, they will probably set up another page under another domain name and try to be back in business. I would NEVER EVER in a million years buy a bengal or any purebred cat without visiting the breeder and seeing the facilities for myself. I want to see the parent(s), see how the cats are integrated around the cattery, and actually see a litter of kittens. It's not that difficult, people! There are scam stories all over the web. New owners anticipating a new cat that never arrives after they've paid the money. It's nice that people can post things here to try and ward off the potential scamming of members. Always do your research and Google is a great friend. If you feel something is a scam, you can bet it actually is. Good job, Deputy.


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