Maine Coon Kitten Scam


There is a Maine Coon kitten scam going around. At first, I didn't even recognize it! I had noticed recently that on our FaceBook page, we began getting an occasional comment with a link to a pet service where kittens are available.



At first glance they look like a small hobby breeder. I thought, “how great people are finding and using the Maine Coon Cat Nation social community to connect!” Well, it seems I was a bit naive.


In the last week or so I've received emails from our MCCN community friends informing me of a Maine Coon kitten scam which is gaining traction right now.


It's not simply one perpetrator or one site that can be taken down, it's a Maine Coon kitten scam formula. And when they show up on a trusted site like ours in the form of an advertisement or comment, they have already snuck in. It can be like chasing one's tail to look for them and remove them when they crop up.


These kitten scam artists are definitely too close for comfort.


Maine Coon Kitten Scam Red Flags vs. What to Expect


These are things that, when taken together, should prompt one to research further, and proceed with caution. Be wary of:


A pet service that has no real website, just a page on a free platform like FaceBook. It may be a new page. The one I'm looking at as an example is about 3 weeks old. This is because they get reported, shut down, then make a new one.


When viewing this page, there is no phone number or physical address, even no breeder name. Or, they may have multiple cheap websites. These will be missing the 'things to look for' we'll discuss later.


Whenever they are asked where they are located, or what their prices are, or who they are, they reply with "message us directly for more info." or "check inbox" or "pm for details." Nowhere on this page can you see that this is a cattery located in a specific location run by a particular person.


Something in their grammar or presentation isn't quite right. Here are some that I found: "pure Maine Coon kittens for rehoming" (the use of "rehoming" isn't right in this situation)
"we would be pleased to satisfy you and others." or
“inbox this page if you need a baby." - not professional.


It looks like they use the same paragraph, copied and pasted in all their posts. One place didn't capitalize or even properly spell Maine Coon.


Who runs the page? If you can't find an administrator that's a red flag. If you do, are they located in a part of the world where scams tend to originate? The user who commented on the MCCN Facebook post was from Cameroon, West Africa. Interestingly, I then learned that many Maine Coon kitten scams originate there.


There will be no visiting permitted, and no physical address. (in some cases they will actually use the address of an unsuspecting homeowner, so definitely double check it.)


These Maine Coon kitten scammers are eager to sell kittens. They apparently currently have a kitten for anyone who asks. A real breeder on the other hand, plans litters in advance, perhaps only a couple litters per year. They have a waiting list.


If you do find out a price, and you've compared prices, the kitten scam price is low. It's a really good deal in comparison.


A Kitten Scam Formula:


You see an ad, comment, or link on a site you know and trust, and are interested in an adorable kitten.


They will want to ship right away. This is because they want you to send the money right away while you're looking at an adorable picture, before you have time to dwell on the specifics that don't feel right.


They will want to use a payment method you don't normally use and provides no fraud protection for instant money transfer.


Once they have the money, there will be additional shipping and delivery company fees. Then, the kitten may get sick. There will be a cost for vet bills, insurance, or special shipping for the ill kitten. By the time you figure out it's a kitten scam, it may have cost over $600, or much more.


Real Maine Coon Breeders


What to Look For:


A real breeder will usually have a fleshed out website. They'll have an “about us” page that tells you how they got into breeding. They'll

show their breeding girls and boys. You can see the lineage of kittens. You'll see their name and location.


The cattery will be registered with organizations such as TICA (The International Cat Association), CFA (Cat Fancier's Association). You can go on the TICA and CFA websites and cross-reference that the cattery is indeed registered there.


If there is only a FaceBook page for the cattery, display something in their about section, even if they choose not to show their home address, or name. There will be something, such as a link to their website, email address, mention of their location, and what organizations they are registered with so you can do that all-important cross-reference.


There will be multiple ways to contact them.


This is another reason to look for a kitten locally. Even if they aren't allowing cattery visitors anymore due to covid, you can see that it's a real place, with real local people and local references.


A real breeder will usually only have a few litters per year. Their website and social medial will most likely be filled with photos of kittens that are already spoken for, and info about planned litters for the future. You can expect to join a waiting list. Finding a Maine Coon kitten requires waiting and patience!


If they do have a kitten available, they'll have photos of it from newborn to recent. They will be happy to send a video, or do a video call. A kitten scam, on the other hand, usually has one photo of a kitten between 6-12 weeks of age. They probably won't be able to send more of this kitten at various ages.


To sum up, when you're looking for a kitten, you're looking for a Maine Coon breeder. And when looking for a breeder, look for transparency. Their website tells you all about them. Their social media shows you all about them. All the information is there for anyone to see and double check. No direct message required to find out who or where they are.


At this point it's easy to say kitten scammers must be easy to spot. But the thing is, it's only easy if you already know about them. If you don't, and your guard isn't up, it's all too easy to assume you're being told the truth.


Update:
After following links in comments, visiting the destinations in ads, I see now that there are a lot of these kitten scammers. They have very attractive websites, too.


If I didn't know what to look for, I'd think these were real websites.


They talk about being a small home cattery, with kittens raised underfoot, with love, exposed to children and dogs, well-socialized.


They talk about European lines, health testing, being a closed cattery and what that means. They have a fake story of how they got started.


One even displayed the TICA and CFA logos proudly on their page, saying they were registered! They were not.


Another forgot to replace the cattery name in one spot when they copied the page.


Basically, these scammers have visited real websites and know how to present themselves.


Here are the Maine Coon kitten scam red flags on a website:


🐾 They will say they are a small home cattery in "North America" or "United States." - That's not enough. A real breeder tells you their state and town, or at least their region/county within the state.


🐾 They don't display their name - first and last, full name, so you can confirm their identity. Just "us" and "we" and "our family."


Summary - Kitten Scammers Will:


🐾 Be eager to ship you a kitten, create a sense of urgency.


🐾 Want to use a non-secure method of direct electronic payment. Maybe even money order or gift cards.


🐾 They will want to use text, direct message on social media, and email. Most of them will not be keen on voice calls.


🐾 Remember that there is no valid reason for a breeder not to have a video call if you request one.




Kitten Scam Warnings From Our Friends:


Karen shares:
"there's an ad with pictures of Maine Coon kittens for sale that appears on the beginning of your website, they look and sound legit, it is a scam. I got bitten for 650.00, because I thought they were associated with you, I now realize that they aren't, but please warn your readers."




So let's work together to spread the word about this Maine Coon kitten scam.

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Feb 02, 2023
Owner of Dark Mark Coons
by: Jennifer ONeill

I do not appreciate My Cattery name being mentioned on a scam page , I am infact real I am registered with CFA and TICA under darkmrkcoons ,I am located in Ellenton FL I have plenty of past buyers on my Facebook business page which also has a link to my personal Facebook .. you can find me on tiktok,Instagram,and Facebook.. my contact information is also listed on my website and on CFA and TICA .. you would infact have to be completely lazy to not find out how real I actually am considering I even offer FaceTime calls straight away without a lengthy questionnaire for you to fill out ...

Jan 11, 2023
Stop scamming people and get a real job
by: Catherine Hatfield

To all scammers. We are not stupid.

The minute you won't take PayPal in goods and services, you throw an attitude. When some of you call back you have a west African voice.

Well as a Criminal Lawyer, I will shut you down. I did to other scammers. What you are doing is illegal and will do jail time.

Jan 09, 2023
MaineCooncatsforsale/Stunningmaincooncattery@gmail.com
by: Anonymous

These people are total scammers! Website looked real corresponded appropriately until it came to payment.

They wanted Zelle to ngo690@gmail.com. When told it was sent (big mistake!) $750 total they got upset stating they were expecting payment through Target express gift card.

Got a response from Tu & Amadeus saying this is 100% a mistake asking for my Zelle info so they can return my money!

When I questioned them about this they stated they have to change their Zelle account frequently due to "being scammed frequently"

They also were asking for a screenshot of payment. Called them out stating they are probably scammers and they responded that they are "Christians" and they aren't allowed to take money from heart (the spelling they used) working people and they have to set a example for their kids etc.

Overall they were very defensive and confrontational when asked questions. Responses were rude and in no way professional.

Unfortunately my money is in the pockets of these dirtbags or someone associated to them.

The website also somehow disappeared during this time and another website popped up as Mainecooncatforsale totally different cats but basically same advertising.

I asked them to send me a link of the original website and no response. Now it’s back up again.

They also are not registered with TICA or CFA as advertised on their website. I wish I would have known about this website before we got sucked into these horrible scammers!!

Jan 05, 2023
Kendall Fisher Jerone (SCAMMER)
by: Anonymous

Watch out for this woman on several cat forums. Offering kittens available. Asks for a reservation deposit which is understandable, but then proceeds to ask for other fees. Also can't provide other pictures other than main picture posted.
Do Not Do Business with this Person!!!

Dec 29, 2022
Mainecoon scam
by: Anonymous

I got scammed by royal mainecoon Cattery in Vermont.

Owners Maya Lucie and her husband Tony Robern and radical shipping out of Ohio.

It wasn't till I was supposed to get cat delivery I received a notice that I needed to pay $1000 for safe handling of the kitten by gift card or zilla cash app. Radical shipping said once kitten was delivered I would receive 1000. Back. That's when I figured out this was a scam. Please be careful.

Dec 08, 2022
Scam victim in Al
by: Anonymous

Please do not use any any maine coon adoption site on Facebook.

I was looking through the different sites and came upon a testimonial from a lady who recommended this gentleman because she had been so pleased. I fell for it!! Messaged him and that was my downfall. Piked out this beautiful 3 month old kitten. The hook is the pictures!

Bottom line I was scammed out of several thousand dollars. When I finally said enough was enough He said the deal was over because I would not trust him and play by his rules. Removed his phone number from messenger, removed me from group that he administers.

I know I will never get any of the money back but lesson learned. I am going to pursue this with authorities so he will not be able to do this again. In Alabama , with the amount of money involved it is a felony not a misdemeanor.

Dec 07, 2022
amazinggiftmainecoonkittens@gmai.com
by: Sherrie

I doubt I'll ever get over what I just went through. I contacted the above link. Everything you said about scammers is true: from the rehoming to misspelled words. I guess they thought I would fall for the gift card scam. After the beautiful pictures of the kitten, I just fell in love with her. I told friends I was getting her. Thank The Good Lord your page came-up. We are an older couple on a fixed income and 700.00 is more than we can afford to lose. We recently lost our 14 year old cat. We aren't trying to replace him, we just wanted another kitten to love. As they say, "you live and learn."

Nov 27, 2022
Beware Fine Maine coons
by: Anonymous

Scam. His claims is name is Kenneth. I sent him money by PayPal
Under business/ Services which hold money for 7 days to verify and then I pulled money back. When he insisted I sent it to a Marvin Del
Mundo Cipres and send as a family payment which would mean I had no way to get any refund or make a complaint. SCAM. Beware !!

Nov 26, 2022
puremainecoon.com
by: Anonymous

I believe puremainecoon.com is a SCAM. I was considering purchasing two kittens from them. The person I was emailing with is Emma Mia and she asked me to send $900 deposit for the two kittens. She gave me two yahoo email addresses to use with Zelle and asked me to split the deposit between the two emails and send a screen shot of the receipt. I have used Zelle many times for various things and I know the receiver will receive an email notification immediately from Zelle that they have received funds and from whom so what's the deal about the screen shots, very suspicious. All of our conversations were via email and I wanted to call her before sending any money so after my 3rd request for a phone number she said that I am not a serious buyer and to not contact her again....lol. I am so glad that I did not send any money.

Nov 25, 2022
Dark Mark Coons Cattery
by: Anonymous

Anyone know if dark mark is legit. They're registered with TICA and CFA but the cost is quite low compared to everyone else registered.

Nov 13, 2022
Amazing Gift Maine Coon Kittens For Sale - DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH
by: Marty

Thank you to those of you who posted regarding this illegitimate company as well as the articles to identify scammers. It is thanks to you that we didn't lose out on our hard-earned money. I would further like to report the shadiness of this business. Absolute pond scum for trying to take people's money.

Nov 13, 2022
Maine Coons in need of homes in USA/CANADA
by: Anonymous

This is a Facebook page and no information at all. I believe it's a total scam page. Administrator have changed endless times since it's opening. They send me a notification every day. You must pm the admin for any info. No comments are allowed. "We got some cute and adorable mainecoons Kittens for adoption.If you are interested in adopting a Mainecoon kitten you can pm the admin for that to avoid scams.Also if you see, find or notice any fraud or sign of spam in the group please comment and mention their name in the comment so the admins can be able to find and remove them from the group.

NOTICE!!! PM THE ADMIN AND OWNER OF THE GROUP ( Ouseni Salane ❤❤) IF INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A MAINECOON KITTENS INORDER TO AVOID SCAMS THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING!!!" Got from FB page.

Nov 02, 2022
Jordan Edrickson on FB Maine Coon for adoption
by: Anonymous

I know someone else commented on this guy.
He comments on every single post of someone wanting a MC kitten, which I found suspicious but I was desperate and messaged him.

I've worked with a number of breeders in my life and it is almost like a two way interview to make sure the kitty and customer are a good fit. This was NOT, he did not answer a single questions I had about the environment, parents, health, Genetics, etc.
He sent me pictures of four kittens, and said they were all 12 weeks old...the first one was like 6 months old and the others between 12-14 weeks.
Anywho, I told him I was interested in Boomer, and right away he asked me to Zelle him money. I asked about a contract and he said he would send it after he received payment. He also asked about location and I told him and he said he was located in Atlanta, GA.

Anywho, I told him to be a better scammer because he was pretty awful and it became super obvious the second he asked for money right away.

If you ever have a gut feeling that something is off, or they are not providing you the answers you are looking for, asking for payment with no contract, being very pushy, and trying to give you a sob story when you reject them... move on. Also, if the cat is only 400 and shipping is 400....something is wrong.

Please if you want a maine coon do your research.


Nov 02, 2022
Pure bread kittens
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had experience with Pure bread Kittens?

Nov 01, 2022
Marvelous Paws Maine Coon cattery
by: Anonymous

They are absolutely a scam cite! Offering half priced cats, asked for payment often. They gave me a bogus contract to sign that didn’t add up. When I nicely said that I had decided to go another direction they emailed back "F*ck U Bitch". At first it did seem legit and they had videos and multiple pictures, the emails were well written and they almost got me.

Nov 01, 2022
Beware felictymainecooncattery
by: Anonymous

On kijji. They ask you to e transfer half amount. Then hit you up for crate rental. 530 in my case Say they live in Thunder Bay. Small family Cattery. Only interested in well being of cat. I asked if i could call them and they answered. Said they are good Christian people. ..guaranteed i would get my kitten
MASSIVE SCAM..said they would return my deposit 600. Then ghosted me and disconnected their phone. After telling me to CALM DOWN…. Thats like throwing fuel on a flame. … i called police.. reported to Canada fraud. Please anyone else who got scammed …..please report these assholes!!

Oct 30, 2022
Snowfluff Maine coon farms
by: Anonymous

https://snowfluffmainecoonfarm.com/
They have a good website, communication is very good, and they were able to provide a video and pictures. However, they are not registered, only take payments through zelle and require a large deposit to hold. I'm guessing it's not legit. Does anyone know of them?

Oct 30, 2022
Jasonscoonies
by: Anonymous

Jasonscoonies is a scam. They behaved extremely sketchy via text and I found other complaints of the. Online. Be careful!

Oct 26, 2022
Maincoonkittensforsale.com
by: Anonymous

Anyone know if this one is a scam- looks a lot like the ones mentioned above. Zelle only, next day shipping, $600 plus $150 to ship. I asked several times how the kitty travels to me, and no answer till the 3rd time I asked. Zelle to candelak1977@gmail.com memo to read ONSHA252 Reason to read ONSHA252 and description to read ONSHA252.

I better not chance it, but the little guy is so cute! Any chance anyone knows a legit breeder in Phoenix area?

Thank you!

Oct 25, 2022
Susan's mainecoon s cats
by: Anonymous

Anyone heard of Susan's maincoon cats? She only has facebook page. She is asking $650 and shipping $120. She has sent me pictures of kittens and also of parents of kittens. accept payments via zelle, cashapp, chime which are easy,fast and reliable. I told her I did not know these apps. She the asked how I would like to pay. I said well I could do paypal. She said let me ask my husband if he has PayPal and he does. I just not sure about her. She keeps avoiding certain questions. I got referral to her through a mainecoon group.

Oct 07, 2022
I almost lost a lot of money
by: Lacy J

The website " Furry maine coon kittens is a scam. When I called her out on it she got angry and never emailed me again. I’m still looking so today I ran across the name " Holy furry maine coon kittens it’s the same company with the same kittens for sale. I am trying to help others to not scammed out of their money.

Sep 21, 2022
Jasonscoons
by: Gary

Anyone have experience with the above person. Says they are out Richmond, Va.

Sep 19, 2022
Scam if racheal potter or gary messner
by: Anonymous

They got me for 300 dollar deposit want full payment before ship and would no give info be ware .wondering about another tony robern ?

Aug 31, 2022
Amazinng Maine Coon Cats & Kittens
by: Anonymous

My mom and I have been wanting a Maine Coon kitten for a while so we looked online and saw these people.

They said that they were rehoming kittens. So we sent an interest email to them. They emailed back 2 days later that the kitten was available and just wanted us to answer some questions to see if we were the right home for the kitten, which we answered with questions of our own, as well with the information as required, but they didn’t answer our questions.

They sent several pics and a short video of the kitten. And on that email, they asked for the shipping information and they told us the total was $600, $400 for the kitten, $200 for the shipping, and to be paid in that sum with Zelle.

My mom offered to pay $300 for shipping and $300 for when the kitten arrived, but they just completely avoided the offer and talked about how they were good people and knew that if they didn’t send the kitten, we would sue them, but we didn’t even have their name or phone number or address or anything!

So it just didn’t make any sense. So my mom emailed them back to make sure if it was ok to pay $300 now and $300 later and included about how we didn’t know any of their information like they knew ours.

We haven’t heard from them for 2 days now ever since my mom sent that email. So moral of the story, don’t email these people and just try to find a local breeder instead.

Aug 29, 2022
SCAM: amazing mainecoon kittens1, Ferdinand Amichoh
by: Robert

These scammers had a very professional website.

Had multiple kittens, and when we showed interest in a white Maine Coon, they sent us pics and a video of kitten playing.

Said for $600 they would deliver our cat to our front door. There would be no extra fees.
We sent them the money to an address in Charlette NC via Zelle.

After they received the money, I heard from a animal delivery company by email, wanting to make sure the delivery address was correct.

The email came with a yellow warning that this company was suspicious. I told them it was, then they sent me another email saying that the cage the owner supplied wasn't good enough to send animal and I would need to rent a better thermal cage.

They had 3, ranging from $1500 to $850. You would put the entire amount on your credit card, then when cat was delivered, they would refund all money except $50 for cage rental.

I emailed back that owner said I was paid in full, and would pay no more.

An Indian man called to explain, but I told him I didn't trust them and would pay no more. Never heard from "cat owner" or delivery company again.

Aug 28, 2022
Possible Scam Jasonscoonies
by: Anonymous

Just a heads up to anyone looking for Maine Coon kittens. This looks a little sketchy and after chatting with the person through texts, I don’t believe it is legitimate. https://www.jasonscoonies.com/blank-4

Aug 23, 2022
Anyone know anything?
by: Anonymous

https://topmainecoonshome.com/

Trying to figure out if this is a scam.

A relative paid for a kitten from them and it’s supposed to be here on Thursday since it has to be flown but we are starting to think this isn’t legit.

We got the seller/breeder to send more pictures and videos of the kitten we are buying playing with toys and a video with the kitten playing while there’s it’s sibling in the video.

We are worried because this kitten is a very special present and we don’t know what to do if we get scammed.

Aug 21, 2022
Kitten Scam
by: Anonymous

Marys Maine Coon has no website, wants $450 to transfer ownership title. When asked via Facebook messenger how I could verify they are legitimate, the reply was "I different". I have a strong suspicion this is a scam.

Aug 17, 2022
Hellys Maine coon + greensdanielle73@gmail.com
by: Anonymous

SCAM SCAM SCAM. they almost got me and I am so glad I was suspicious enough NOT to send a deposit.

Also wanted a deposit through Zelle to a strange email : mailto:jeezyj826@gmail.com

Was planning to ship me to the kitten the next day. Bad grammar in emails. Last straw was she got defensive when I asked for a video call before sending deposit.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

Aug 15, 2022
Anthony Mainecoon
by: Anonymous

I saw someone elsenpost a question about whether this person is legit, anyone know? I don't want to get scammed. This is the link they provided
https://affordablebabymainecooonkittensclassified.com/available-kittens/

Thanks!

Aug 11, 2022
FB scam
by: Anonymous

FB page "Maine Coon Cat and Kittens for adoption and rehoming" is a scam.

One of the Admins, Jordon Edickson, told me to PM him, and when I did he asked me which kitty did I want and have I ever owned a cat before.

He said his kittens are all raised in their home with other cats and dogs and kids surrounded by love.

He asked for a $300 deposit by etransfer, asked me to screen shot the confirmation. He asked where I was located and when I said near Vancouver, he said he was at (not in) Victoria and that he could have the kitty delivered by a special delivery service for another $500 but I said no I could pick the kitty up. He said okay.

Then two days later he messaged for another $250 for vet check, shots and registration. That's when I started to get even more suspicious.

I told him I wanted receipts for the vet and the vet record and registration. He said yes but the vet was being slow.

I also asked for the address for pick-up and he said ok he'd get back to me. He didn't until today when he asked for another $200 for kitten food, toys and a crate. I told him I had my own crate. So then he said ok, $150.

I told him no as I had to pay $200 in ferry fees to pick the kitten up. I haven't heard from him since.

Please beware. Thankfully it hasn't gone any further before I got wise but it took too long for me to catch on. I can afford to lose a few bucks but the next victim might not!

Aug 04, 2022
Avoid mainecoonkittensempire.com
by: Greg L

Noted that they are not aligned with any organization for pure breeding, had spelling mistakes and offered to send us an adorable kitten for $740.00 from California.

Noted the Website was only registered on 7th of July 2022, while they had testimonials from November 1st of 2020.

They had no real contact info and never mentioned the names except in 2 testimonials.

Best Avoid them all together and I am sure in a month it will be closed anyhow

Aug 01, 2022
CEE Maine coon
by: Robert

CEE Maine Coon Kittens out of Florida is a total scam. Beware, I ask for complete name and address they refuse, no breeder certificate either, and they take offense for no trusting them.
Save your money....

Jul 31, 2022
Hill Range Maine Coon Cattery
by: Anonymous

This site almost got me.

https://hillrangemainecooncattery.com/available-kittens.html

They want me to Zelle $400 and then the rest ($750 total) when I pick up the kitten.

They have sent multiple pics but will not send video or current pics with my name or a dated newspaper.

Jul 25, 2022
GregoryMaincoons a scam or no?
by: Jen

Can anyone vouch for Gregory Maincoons dot com? I just get the sense something is off.

Jul 21, 2022
Adorable Maincoon Kittens for Rehoming is a scam
by: Anonymous

This group attempted to try and scam me, I spent time in messages asking about their kittens available.

Then it went to making a transaction/ deposit. They were wanting a PayPal to use under a friend/family gift versus it being under the business part which I would not be protected. This was a red flag.

As I was backing out not wanting to continue, no contract, no agreement a conversation in messages and a possible meet up day was discussed. Once I ended the discussion I was hounded by phone calls and then messages with need to pay for the agreement made for the kitten.

Then a receipt to pay through PayPal was sent to me through PayPal as friend/ family was sent to me.

Once I informed there was no legal standing and no binding agreement I received a text message in broken English apologizing for the pushy behavior and asking if can be friends. Odd .. total scam.

Jul 20, 2022
Smith Morgan
by: Anonymous

Do not do business with her and her hubby. She will not show you any proof that she has the kitten that you are trying to buy and if you put any money down or change your mind, she will not refund. She's a scammer.


Jul 19, 2022
Info@tabbycoons.chop
by: Witchy woman

This scum bag got me for $300 deposit on a kitten. Said they were in Michigan gave me contact info AFTER I sent the deposit…of course😏 wanted the $ sent thru Zelle.
To cracecarc21@gmail.com

I decided to mess with him…..told him My family member worked for the state dept in the fraud division and every email he sent had been track by it’s IP address and they knew exactly where he was in Cameroon

Also told him he’s messing with the wrong person because I’m a witch and "my coven" is in the process of cursing his life and his family and friends life, (I copied and pasted some scary pictures and a voodoo curse) and sent it to him every day for a week!😂😂😂😂
I am proud to say he’s altered his website so it’s more difficult to get into it and his Facebook site has been removed!
FYI…..don’t Piss Gramma off or you’ll be sorry!

Jul 17, 2022
It’s a Scam: http://www.topmainecoonkittens.com/
by: Anonymous

They took my money and ghosted me after.

Jul 10, 2022
Puremainecoon scam
by: Anonymous

Hello, i was trying to purchase a kitten and found a site called puremainecoon.com

Seemed legit, had a website, did reverse imaging on the kittens non found so I was emailing back and forth.

They sent me a video of the kitten. I went ahead and sent them via zelle 450 initial deposit.

The kitten was to be 650 plus 250 delta cargo to get the kitten to me.

I was emailed that the weather was causing delta to make them use a specific crate. I would need to send 350 dollars and i would get back 50%. I smelled a rat!

I started questioning, asking for a phone number and they gave me a nbr.

No one will answer and I just learned they are NOT TICA breeders on the TICA website.. SO BE CAREFUL! everything checked out but i still got taken!! at least it was only 450 could have been MUCH MORE!!

Jul 09, 2022
I almost got suckered in
by: Anonymous

https://tabbycoons.shop/available-kittens/?fbclid=IwAR1RWvZ6F02GqQpydYjEi1pmVqEgiIZlvVaEH1EF2eLTh4XPTEjSV6-oyzY

They wanted $600 plus $100 to ship. No info on the site, no names, phone nothing. When I emailed (got email when I inquired about a kitten) them for more info they gave me a street address and a phone number that didn't seem to exist.

I was disappointed but glad I didn't fall for it.

Jul 08, 2022
Anthonymainecoon Scam?
by: Jeff A

Has anyone heard of or used Affordable Maine Coons Kitten On facebook or Anthonymainecoonclassified.com

I'm not sure if they are legit ?

Thanks
Jeff

Jul 05, 2022
Maine Coon Kitten Scammer on Facebook
by: Linda

There is another MC website called Maine Coon Kittens for Rehoming with an "admin" calling himself Johnson K Brown.

He says he is selling Maine Coon kittens but insists you IM him to inquire about his location and the price.

I inquired via IM as to his location and the price. He asked back where I was located. I asked if he was a licensed breeder of MC which he said he was yet there is no digital footprint of this person other than a FB page.

When he listed a price which included delivery to my door, I replied back that his price was a bit rich for me which he replied back, well how much could I afford? Red flag number two.

I told him I wasn't comfortable with this transaction and good luck to him. He has now blocked me from his page.

I read with interest on the Maine Coon Nation webpage an article about identifying kitten scammers and this guy fits it to a T.

Jun 25, 2022
https://companionskittens.com
by: Anonymous

Please be aware of this website. I was almost taken for $650 ($550 for the kitten and $150 for shipping). They were all too quick to sign papers and have me send money.

Requesting a picture of payment when sent. Yet, they would not go on camera to speak to me or show me the kitten.

The claim was they didn't have a good phone to use with a camera. I told them it was a scam, then my phone began to ring. It was the gentleman I apparently had been exchanging these emails with.

When I told him I wasn't comfortable with it he said "f##k you" and hung up the phone.

Please be careful out there. I have no idea how these people sleep at night.

Jun 22, 2022
CEE Maine Coon Kittens
by: Anonymous

CEE Maine Coon Kittens out of Florida is a total scam. Beware.
https://ceemainecoonkittten.com/available.php

Jun 22, 2022
Keyson Kittens - SCAM
by: Anonymous

https://keysonkittensgarden.com/available-kittens.php

SCAM! I wish I had known about this site before I sent monies to purchase a kitten. They got me! But then I started getting emails from the transporter for a crate, due to weather, etc. up to $2k and I would get refunded a % back once receipt of the kitten.

I refused to purchase a crate and told the seller that was their responsibility, not mine. Tried to talk me into going half on the crate. No, no! I am not paying one penny more.

I told him I should have been informed of the total package before I gave him monies for the kitten. Wow! My husband is going to be so pissed at me. No more than I am pissed at myself for being so gullible.

Jun 21, 2022
Scam!
by: Anonymous

I was scammed out of $400, deposit, for a kitten in April. The "cattery" was Kittycompanions.shop.

They’ve changed their name 2 times since then with the same kittens listed. They’ve blocked my comments, don’t respond to emails, calls, or texts.

They were Kittycompanions, maineshagpets, now tabby coons. Please beware!

Jun 01, 2022
Saved my mom from getting scammed
by: Ryan

My mother tried to purchase from www.mainecoonhub.com.

They constantly pressured payments, would not send a recent video with the cat, would not provide documentation before payment, copy, pasted and omitted parts from their junk emails, gave reasons they would not accept credit card (only Apple Pay and google pay).

The website is just a new Wordpress site and the animal reviews are plagiarized from other sites - they didn’t even try on some of them. Couldn’t find the images in a reverse search but they likely snagged them from instagram.

It sucks cause these websites pop up like weeds and people will ultimately get screwed trying to save some money.

May 14, 2022
Mariana Maine Coon Home
by: Anonymous

Charged me $400 for kitten and another $200 to ship to my residence.

Once they got her to the shipping courier, I was told I needed to may anywhere from 950.00 to 1800 for another type of crate for the safety of the kitten.

When I said no I cant, they replied all I have to do is pay more for the new crate and again I said no that's what I paid extra for and she then said then let the kitten die.

"MARIANA MAINE COON HOME" DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM!

Apr 15, 2022
maine coon kitten
by: Anonymous

I wish I had found this posting before I got a Maine Coon.

I had found one on the internet. Got an address and I went there. I bought the kitten but I wasn't allowed on the property to go into the house to see the kitten..

I saw her outside in a cat carrier and she was adorable. She didn't look the age she is, so I bought her and took her home.

When I got home, to my dismay she had diarrhea. I called the vet and I was able to get her in 4 days after I got her.

I ran out of funds for further tests to find out what's wrong with her, our family loves her and now I am just trying different foods, to see if the diarrhea will stop. I don't want to give her up.

But I am angry at the person, whom I got the cat from.. This person claims to be a breeder, but I have my doubts. I have been looking for 3 years and now we have one, and unfortunately with health issues.

Apr 13, 2022
Facebook maine coon rehoming page
by: Vicke Cline

Just had them try to scam.me of $1150 for a kitten. Luckily I am smarter than that and I thought to do some research into the admins of the page. Noone had any info except foreign page and sports likes and these women were from the US.

Apr 13, 2022
Kittycompanions.shop
by: Anonymous

Only got me for $400 because I refused to send all of the money up front. They agreed to collect the remaining $300 once I received the kitten.

They then demanded the rest because of flight issues and special crate. I researched and the name given to me doesn’t even exist in the state they say they are in. They’ve ghosted me and won’t reply at all. Surprise! No kitten, no refund. Please beware!

Apr 07, 2022
https://lightsmainecoon.com/ Scam Website
by: Anonymous

Beware this site: Cute Maine Coon Kittens (https://lightsmainecoon.com/)

I bought a kitten for them and when it came time to fly the kitten to me, they tried to demand more money.

They sent a fake registration certificate. When I asked for a refund they tried to demand more money from me.

The site looked real and they sent more photos of the kitten I was interested in. I thought it was a legitimate business, but it's not. Please beware.

Apr 04, 2022
Potential scammer page
by: Anonymous

Here is a site that I am starting to think is part of a scam. There are some noticeable grammar issues, address/names aren't given up front, and you have to pay a deposit to be able to visit.
http://www.topmainecoonkittens.com/

Mar 15, 2022
Maine Coon Kitten scam
by: Anonymous

We started looking for 2 Maine Coon kittens to buy. I already have a Maine Coon, he’s 12 years old.

My big boy is sick. We’ve been through the process of finding a kitten and it can take a long time.

When I found 2 breeders that had kittens available I was cautious. The pricing on the first one didn’t add up. He was over charging me $2,000.00.

They wouldn’t answer me when I questioned it. We didn’t go through with that purchase. It left me feeling angry. Unsure where to look.

The second one was a bigger scam. I found the same picture of the one kitten on three other breeder sites. When they could ship the kitten for $150.00 with nanny service that was a red flag.

They could ship it next day red flag. They were shipping a cat tree too. All for the low price of 300.00 for both cats from CO to PA.

Little things weren't the same as when I bought my first Maine Coon. I knew enough not to give any money.

But I just want anyone that is going to buy a kitten. Just be careful I do have saved pictures of the kitten. They even sent me pictures. I don’t know who owns this beautiful Maine Coon, he is beautiful.

The same people are trying to resale a kitten from 4 different web pages. G

Mar 10, 2022
Cat scam
by: Susan

Hi. I think that all of the cat scammers should be listed on every pet site and publicly shamed.

So whenever a person wants to check into which catteries to look into the list pops up and they get steered to validated catteries instead. Scammers can rot in hell!

Oct 29, 2021
Site Security
by: Carrie

Hi, I'm glad you asked! I remember the day this changed. It was unnerving to see that warning. I spent quite some time figuring it out.

Turns out it's a harmless technical issue. Here's what happened: On September 30, a security certificate by Let's Encrypt, one of the largest providers of HTTPS certificates, saw it's root certificate expire.

Certificates tell browsers (Firefox or Safari, for example) to trust that a site is secure.

Usually this is no big deal, as certificates do expire and get replaced. This is what happened with this site.

The problem is the new certificate can't be read by older devices using older operating systems.

As an example, my computer is around 10 years old, and it's been updated as much as it can. It won't take any more updates. It runs great! But, it can't read the certificate either so I get the same warning screen.

Thankfully I have a slightly younger laptop I'm using as a backup. (This is why you were able to come here and ask the question using a different (must be younger) computer.)

Some suggestions on the web include updating your operating system, and/or browser. For those like me, I'm still not sure if there is a fix.

According to TechCrunch, "Devices likely to be affected by the certificate expiry are those that don’t get updated regularly, like embedded systems that are designed not to automatically update or smartphones running years-old software releases. Users running older versions of macOS 2016 and Windows XP (with Service Pack 3) are likely to face issues, along with clients dependent on OpenSSL 1.0.2 or earlier, and older PlayStations that haven’t been upgraded to newer firmware."

I've noticed I can't visit quite a few sites on my old computer anymore, so it seems like many sites were affected, although again, it's only older computers and devices that have a problem. If I learn of a fix, or any updates I'll update everyone. Hope this helps!

Oct 29, 2021
Trouble with your website
by: Anonymous

For about a month now I have been unable to get into your website. When I click on the link, my anti virus program shows a page that says it is blocked because the security certificate has expired.

Could this be related with the fake ads? I am sending this from a different computer.

Oct 09, 2021
So happy that you are warning readers
by: Ron

I’m the Ron from the first comment. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you are getting the word out.

I’ve been trying to warn as many people as possible.
Your correct, these sites are plentiful and are heartless. I have wanted a kitten for many years but have not because of my existing "herd" (two rescue boys).

Sadly one passed and I felt the time was right to bring in a kitten to bring some joy back into my home. These sites preyed on my ignorance and took me for quite a bit of money, leaving some pretty sad people here.

This I do not want to wish on anyone.
So thank you for bringing this topic up and letting your readers know!!
Ron

Oct 09, 2021

by: Ron

I've been wanting to buy a Maine Coon kitten and went to the web to find a breeder. Well I got scammed by a bogus dealer who took my money and disappeared. As I have looked into it, there seems to be a lot of sites that follow the same scam. ..

In the last two days I've found a lot of people who have had the same scam pulled on them.
Any help in getting the word out there as a warning would be helpful. I've been in touch with authorities and they suggested I try to get the word out via social media.

Oct 08, 2021
Supposedly from Wisconsin
by: Mary

Hi. I got taken by one of those scammers in January 2018. I was losing my best Maine Coon friend to Cancer. I couldn't bare the thought of living alone with no cat.

I started searching online for Maine Coons. Very few kittens at that time of year. No breeders in NC had any Kittens. Finally I thought I 'found' one in Wisconsin. A website with beautiful pictures. I emailed back and forth with them. They would only accept payment through Western Union.

Between the kitten, shipping etc. it cost me 1200.00. I couldn't get my money back. There was no kitten, only pictures stolen from the websites of breeders. I later met the breeder that the picture was stolen from. I was ripped off big time because I was so desperate for a kitten and hurting so much over losing my Bella.

I later found a Red classic Tabby male Maine Coon for 900.00 from a Maine Coon breeder in N.C. He is a beautiful, smart boy and I love him so much. His name is King. His picture is below.

ginger maine coon cat

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