It has come to our attention that another unscrupulous kitten scam is doing the rounds, and this one is quickly spreading.
According to the Southern Africa Cat Council (SACC) scammers are using legitimate, registered breeders’ names and cattery names along with credible-looking email addresses to market ‘non-existent’ kittens at outrageous prices and with over-the-top shipping fees.
Once someone has made a payment for the kitten, the so called ‘breeder’ disappears with the money and their contact details no longer work. Of course no kitten is delivered either.
Those who have, unfortunately, fallen victim to this kitten scam, have identified a Western African or French accent in their telephonic dealings with these fraudsters.
The SACC urges the public to be please be vigilant and to confirm the telephone numbers and email addresses of registered breeders with the three official South African cat registration bodies before responding to any kitten adverts. All reputable breeders are registered with at least one of these bodies.
If anything seems suspicious at all, or any information supplied in an advert or an email is inconsistent with what the registered bodies have supplied, be extra cautious and report it to the SACC.