How to avoid getting scammed kitten

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Im sorry the video is so small! Maybe blow it up to watch full screen, or watch it on YouTube.

Read this article to learn how to avoid getting scammed by these fake Maine Coon Kitten websites.

Over the last 18 months, I’ve gotten several messages from people who have gotten scammed by Star Maine Coon (WARNING: STAR MAINE COON IS A SCAM SITE). I provided the link so you can follow along. They actually collect money from buyers that can’t be reversed, and you never get a kitten!

The WORST part about this to me, is that they’re using photos of MY CATS to sell these Maine Coon kittens. These kittens that don’t belong to them, either. When I discovered that they were using photos of Illuminati and Wabi Sabi (a girl I had to retire young due to pyometra) , I was livid!

At first, I didn’t think there was much I could do about it. But after the most recent message, I decided it was time to take action and help the community. Once I started researching this website and these scam artists, the angrier I became!

This blog post is an informative post, to walk you through the red flags of a scam artist. I’ve provided a video, as well as text and photos. Some of the content in the video isn’t listed on the website, and vice cersa.


Red Flags on the Scam Artist Website

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Plagarism Detected

Most scammers don’t take the time to write their own content for a short lived website. So they’ll just find someone else’s website and copy / pate the content into their own site.

You can check to see if a website has plagiarized someone else’s content in one easy step using Grammarly’s Plagiarism checker

In the case of Star maine Coon, I copied the content that was in their FAW section, which they have nestled very tiny at the top of their site. I just took the very first paragraph about what made them start breeding maine Coons.

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The content that is circled is what I checked for plagiarism.

Then, I pasted that exact content into a plagiarism checker tool and did a scan of 16 billion webpages. This checks to see if this same content is used on any other website in the world.

I wasn’t surprised to discover that a significant amount of plagiarism was detected. This tells me that most likely, the entire website has been copied and pasted.


Images Can Be Found on More than One Website

Google has a cool little image search tool that when you upload any image, it will show you every website where the same photo has been used.

I took a screenshot of the first red kitten shown on the website (Camille) and uploaded it into the Google Image Search tool. I found this image being used on three different websites.

Star Maine Coon and Loving Lynx Maine Coons.

I had a look at Loving Lynx Maine Coon website and they are a legitimate cattery. They have some tips on how to verify that the cattery is legitimate and even have Star Maine Coon identified as a scam on their website. This is how the image was detected on her website, as well. WAY TO GO!!!

Since I can’t find the kitten on the original breeder’s website, I’m assuming that it has since been deleted.


Backdrops in Photos Are All Different

Most of the time, breeders have their own “style” when it comes to taking photographs of kittens. They usually take them in the same room or same area. If you look at photos on a real breeder’s website you’ll start to notice a pattern of picture styles.

On Star Maine Coon, the styles and backgrounds are all completely different.Have a look.


Same Cat, Same Background, Different Name

This one took me a few times of looking at it, but this is the same kitten, with the same background. She’s listed as two different kittens!


Domain Registration is Set to Private

When you register a domain name (your website URL), you can choose to register it as private. Typically people who don’t want to be discovered for the content on their website (i.e. porn sites) will use private registration.

You can look up any domain name to see the owner of the website using https://whois.com . It will also tell you the date that the domain was acquired, and when it expires.

In the case of Star Maine Coon, they’ve seet their registration to private. For obvious reasons.


No Parents or Adults Shown on the Website

After scouring the website, and using a simple search technique, I can see every page on someone’s website. There is absolutely no page on the Star maine Coon website showing any adults or parents of any kittens.

There are only 8 pages listed on the website. See a list of all of the pages on their website here.


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No Facebook Page

I checked Facebook for any person or Page listed with the name Star Maine Coon. There’s none.

Don’t take this the wrong way and lump everyone who doesn’t have a Facebook page into one category. There’s plenty of people who don’t have a Facebook account, or a Page for their cattery. Sometimes, they’re just listed as their personal name and they’re hard to find if you don’t know their name.

It’s always a good idea to check for social media accounts.


Not Registered with TICA, CFA, or ACFA

Every breeder in the world should be registered with a Cat Club. This is where the adults are registered, litters are registered, and where the new owners can register their new kitten and receive a certified copy of the Pedigree.

For every cat registered in a cat club, there is a Pedigree to support their bloodlines.

I checked TICA, CFA, ACFA, and CFF for a Star Maine Coon listing, and it doesn’t exist. Even though they mention “CFF” on their website.


Health Guarantee Doesn’t Make Sense

There’s some vocabulary in the Health and genetics Guarantee that just don’t make sense. If you take the time to read the health guarantee of other breeders, you’ll see what I mean.

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What is a Cherry Maine Coon??

“Copy and Paste” Descriptions for Kittens

Alot of the kittens listed on this page have the same exact description.

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Gender on Kitten Profile Don’t Match Description

In one instance, the kitten is listed as a female, but they refer to her as a “him” .

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The Star Maine Coon Scam Process

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The scamming process is simple. At the same time, they make buying a kitten from them very simple!

My daughter went through the process as if she were interested in Oskar. And now we have documentation of their process. She didn’t use her real name, instead used the name “Nikki” for these purposes.

  • Complete a Simple Form – The first step in their process is to fill out a simple contact form, indicating which kitten you’re interested in.
  • They Send You a Text: They send you a text to let you know they sent you an email.
  • Exchange a Few Emails : The first email explains how much their kittens are. In this case, THIS LITTER is 50% of? (WHO DOES THAT??)
  • Get Photos Of Parents – They’ll send you an email with a whole bunch of mumbo jumbo about how they just want a good home for the kitten, etc. They also include photos of the parents (which are MY CATS)
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They send photos of MY CATS, and say they’re the parents!!! Shown in these photos are Illuminati and Wabi Sabi
  • Send Them Money – The quickly move into the deposit/reservation process and give you several methods of sending money. All of which are irreversible. We didn’t send them money in this case. My daughter asked to see the Pedigree and they never responded.
  • Bogus Contract – They go one step further and send you a bogus contract. Making it seem like everything is still going great.
  • Never Get Kitten: YOU GOT SCAMMED – Then, you get ghosted. No replies, no responses, no kitten.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice

I found out who the hosting company of their website is (InMotionHosting)and contacted them for help. They referred me to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice.

So I’m proceeding with filing a complaint of copyright abuse (using my photos as well as plagiarism) and hopefully that is enough to get them shut down. I’ve never had to do this, so I’m not sure how this will turn out!

I’m going to send them this entire blog post, in hopes that they will pay attention to the details and SHUT THEM DOWN!!

I’ll keep this blog post updated with any news I receive.

UPDATE: April 22, 2020 I’ve submitted the complaint to DMCA. See confirmation message below.

What Should You Do If You’ve Been Scammed?

At this time, i don’t think there’s anything you can do to recover any monies that are sent to the scam artists using the methods they require. They know what they’re doing, and will only take money using platforms that don’t allow reversals.

It is important that you take your time when choosing a Breeder to work with for your Maine Coon Kitten. You now have the information you need to know how to avoid getting scammed. Have a checklist ready to verify that they are legitimate and make sure you feel 100% comfortable doing business with them.

If your gut tells you that something isn’t right, then your gut knows best! Choose a reputable Maine Coon breeder FIRST, then choose your kitten.

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3 thoughts on “How to Avoid Getting Scammed”

  1. Tracy, I hope your blog post is shared and helpful to those that trust ordering and buying a Maine Coon kitten online is as easy as ordering from Amazon. I believe the true breeders would invite a conversation and share their contact information unlike the scammers. Something as personal as a new house kitten certainly deserves a bit more of a personal touch and accessibility. I’m sorry the scammer you discovered was using your beautiful parent breeding cats to market their fraud.

  2. Dorothy Vining

    Thank you very much!! Our own Maine Coon died recently. We are looking at buying another Maine Coon, and we were looking at Star. However, the punctuation bothered us, and a gut feeling just did not sit right. We just loved the look of one of the kittens though. I am so very thankful you made this video because we had already started the emailing process and were about to phone her when we found your video! THANK YOU!!!

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