How to Avoid Bengal Scams
1) CALL TICA @ (956) 428-8046 Ask them if the breeder's cattery is registered with them. If it's not DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY!!! If it is, you MUST still verify that you are communicating with the true owner of the cattery.
2) It's not enough to just verify if the cattery is registered. I have had scammers on Craigslist actually steal pics off my website and post them on Craigslist and then direct interested people to my website to verify that they were a legitimate breeder! You must verify the email address TICA has for the breeder with the address you are communicating with.
3) Check to make sure the pictures they are using are really theirs. Use Google reverse image. Here's the link: https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl Just save the picture they are using and upload it. The search will show you other sites that the image is on. If you see the picture they are using on another breeders website it could be stolen. You would have to do some research and see who stole the picture and who really owns it but it should be pretty easy to figure out.
4) If they don't have a FaceBook page for their cattery I would be extremely cautious!!! Everyone who has this type of business has a Face Book page now days. Look to see how old the page is and how many people have uploaded pics of kittens they bought from that breeder or made comments about how much they love the kitten they got from them.
5) If they don't have a website I wouldn't even speak to them. Or if the website looks very basic, like something that could be put together in a couple of hours I wouldn't deal with them. Also, a lot of scammers are foreigners and you will notice when they write their English is not used properly and sentences sound funny.
6) Ask for their vets name and phone number so you can call and get a reference! ALL good breeders should have this info readily available at all times. Ours is Dr. Diana Hamilton at Denham Springs Animal Hospital. Phone number is 225-665-8271.
7) If the price of the bengal kitten is very low beware!!! Bengals are very expensive to breed when done properly.
8) Here's the best tip I can give to everyone. If you want to make sure the person you are talking to really has this cat in their possession, ask them to take a video of the kitten and say todays date in the video. Make sure you have them say the date because anyone can steal a video off another breeders website or FaceBook page. That is why I have started water marking ALL of my videos. If you're uncomfortable asking them to do this just tell them your friend was scammed and you don't want the same thing to happen to you. There is no reason that any breeder should have any problem at all doing this for you. If they can't send you a video like that, do not send them money!!! It's either a scam or the kitten is so unsocial that they know it would be scared and hiding in the video.
9) Do not buy kittens off Craigslist or any similar site!!!! ALL reputable breeders WILL have a website!
Please do not support backyard breeding. It's very important that the cats are tested for genetic disease, given the best veterinary care, fed the best food, constantly interacted with, given proper medications and vaccinations, and are treated with unconditional love. I can not even keep count of the number of people that have told me they bought an unregistered kitten from somewhere really cheap and they either had major health issues, died, or were so unsocial they could never really earn the cat's trust and have them act like the loving affectionate cats that you see from quality breeders.
Here's one of many emails I've received about someone stealing my pictures to try and scam people out of money. I now watermark ALL my pictures and videos.