Internet Safety Tips
Internet Safety Tips
Buying a Persian or Himalayan Kitten on the Internet in today’s World
Scammers are out there everywhere preying on your desire to own a beautiful purebred kitten at a low-cost price!!
Be careful, be cautious, do not get scammed!
It is sad that we have had to put a page like this up on our website but because we have one of the largest cat-related websites on the Internet (Over 1500 pages) therefore we are a major target for scammers who steal our pictures in an attempt to take advantage of your heart and scam your pocketbook out of hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
Online Scam Artists
Due to the overwhelming popularity of this website and the fact that scammers like to target us, we feel that its part of our job to discuss Internet Safety and warning everyone coming to this site about online pet scammers. Within this page, we give helpful tips and tricks to spot scam sites, falsified ads and give some insight into how scammers tend to operate.
These horrifying people blatantly steal our photos, exact content, articles, and even our very own names, pretending to be us! In addition, they create quick and straightforward blogs, one-page websites, and use our photos for advertising kittens. Scammers will advertise our kittens (illegally using our pictures) on classified sites, and other advertising platforms for as low as $500 on up.
You know the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Quality Kittens Are NOT Cheap
Quality Persian and Himalayan kittens are not cheap or easy to raise, hence why most professional/experienced breeders charge $2000 on up for their kittens. This is due to the amount of time, effort, and money that goes into raising happy and healthy kittens.
We feel it is our duty to help protect anyone we can against online scammers who are looking to confuse and manipulate unsuspecting customers to make a quick buck off of, especially since those scammers come and steal our kitten pictures off our website. We do everything we can to stop them but since we have been in business for 30+ years we have more pictures than any other cat breeder and as you can see we pour our heart and soul into our kitty’s and their photos so that makes us a major target of these ruthless scammers.
Pay Attention – You’re smarter than that!
We receive calls EVERY SINGLE DAY from upset people who have fallen victim to scam ads and fraudulent websites. In the end NEVER receiving a kitten, after paying hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars.
Past or potential customers will inform us of these online scams they stumble upon while browsing for a Persian or Himalayan kitten. When such activity is brought to our attention, we do our very best to have these ads and scam sites removed from the Internet. However, the amount of people out there doing these terrible things seems endless and honestly could quickly become our full-time job.
It is so unfortunate that successful businesses such as ours and others like ours are taken advantage of and exploited so that others can ride on our success.
Things to Note
Below is a list of the most common mistakes and tactics most often used by online pet scammers. By keeping these in mind, hopefully, you will be able to spot a potential scam ad or fraudulent website. By finding a much “cheaper kitten” you may run into loads of heartache when that darling kitten you *thought* you were purchasing, actually does not even exist and it was simply a picture that was stolen from an actual cat breeder’s website or off Google images.
Things to watch out for:
1. Bad grammar and punctuation. Starting sentences uncapitalized and using poor English.
2. Inconsistencies. By paying attention to a website, you may notice inconsistencies such as different locations, phone number, owners, etc being mentioned instead of a fluid, easy to follow website.
3. No actual phone contact whatsoever during the purchase process. Customers should always be able to speak with the breeder before placing money down on a kitten. We have a high volume call line (660) 292-2222 where we get 50+ calls a day so on that line we ask interested parties please leave the name of the current available kitten they are interested in and we will call them back. If you are an existing customer or simply have questions about how to purchase a kitten from us please call 660-292-1126. Remember, our cattery is owned and operated by a sister team in Unionville, Missouri. We do NOT have kittens available in ANY OTHER STATE.
4. Using Western Union, Money Gram, or other quick services. This payment option is nearly untraceable and the preferred method for scammers to receive funds. Look for breeders that offer Paypal as a payment option. Paypal is a safe and secure way of making payments. Paypal also offers buyer protection for transactions.
5. Text messages are the preferred method of communication for scammers who use cheap disposable phones that are untraceable.
6. The use of PO Boxes instead of an actual physical address. PO Boxes are too easily obtained and the preferred method of scammers.
7. Scammers like to mention the use of a “shipping services,” and or “a shipper,” or they promise to “hand-deliver” your kitten, sometimes right to your doorstep.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ALL content and pictures on this website are the sole property of Doll Face Persian Kittens. We have only one location, Unionville Missouri. First and foremost, during a transaction, customers will either talk to Trisha, Tracie, Tegan, or Marie Johnson only, no other persons represent our company. Secondly, all kittens are shipped from Des Monies, IA, but may be subject to connecting flights and layovers. Doll Face Persian Kittens only ships to the lower 48 US states. Sorry, we do not offer international shipping. We do not sell our kittens with breeding rights, nor do we offer stud services. Though we do advertise our kittens on a multitude of different classified ad sites and breeder directories, we only have two websites we sell our kittens from. This primary elaborate one www.dollfacepersiankittens.com and our compact mobile one, www.persiankittensforsale.com
When posting our ads, we will always link directly back to our website, we also list our name and phone number clearly on each ad.
FYI – www.luxurypersians.com is a shorter, more compact URL that is also owned by us and will bring you to this website. It is easy to remember and can often be seen in our photos.
VERY importantly, if you come across any activity described above in which you do not believe it to be the work of Doll Face Persian Kittens, please contact us at the e-mail address below:
Our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our primary website URL: www.dollfacepersiankittens.com
Our compact website URL: www.luxurypersians.com (Which leads to this same website)
Our mobile-friendly URL: www.persiankittensforsale.com
Our phone numbers: (660) 292-2222 OR (660) 292-1126
Be very careful of Internet kitty brokers, they are everywhere and preying on their next victim.
What are Digital Pet Stores?
We all remember going to pet stores in the malls when we were kids and seeing the animals. The question was, where did those animals come from? The sad cold truth is, almost all of them were brought there by animal brokers who obtained them from unregulated puppy and kitten mills. As you have seen in recent years, most of these pet shops have closed and several of the actual cat and dog breeders made national headlines with the deplorable living conditions they were raising their animals in. Government guidelines disabled not only these despicable breeders but the brokers who played part in the animal trafficking of these helpless animals.
Now we are seeing a new trend in digital pet stores. Animal brokers who are buying cats and dogs from breeders in foreign countries, shipping them to the US, posting them “for sale” on websites and then selling them to YOU! Hundreds of animals passing through these animal brokers who simply run a small 5 or 6-page website. This sickening new era is sweeping across the Internet like wildfire. Be safe and avoid Digital Pet Stores. If you can’t speak directly to the breeder who bred your new family member, who are you dealing with?
Below is a list of active Digital Pet Stores BEWARE!!!!!!
Below is a list of active Cat Scam Sites BEWARE!!!!!!
This first site (below) has been scamming TONS of people out of TONS of money!!! They have stolen not only our pictures but much of our content on our website! We are working with authorities to get this site removed but in the meantime BEWARE!!! DO NOT send money to these people!!! They DO NOT have these cats! This is NOT US! These cats are already in their new homes!! These are full-blown scam artists!!! It is becoming next to impossible to keep up with these scammers, we no more get one site pulled down and they have two more put up. If the links below do not work, they have most likely shut them down. We do our best to keep this page updated but we have other jobs, they do not.
“Diamond Persians” – IS A SCAM!!!!
Here is some of the information we have gathered they are using to run their online scam:
- Name: “Gary” or “Wesley”
- Address: 116 Edgecomb St. Albany, NY 12209
- Cattery Name: Diamond Persians
- Telephone Numbers: (315) 220-0872 OR (315) 333-2827
- Website address: https://www.diamodkittens.com/
Take special note how they say “The pictures say it all!!!” They have stolen every single picture from US!! And use them to scam people! DO NOT fall for sites like this! Scammers are good at making their sites look real.
If you run into a scam site where someone has scammed you out of money, please send it to us HERE and we will add it to this page so that others do not fall victim to these online predators. Many times these scammers take down their sites as fast as we list them up here so it is hard to keep up.