According to Robson Fletcher of CBC, two women in Alberta, Canada was recently scammed after they arranged to buy a sphinx online. The incident highlighted how low online scammers would go to rob you of your hard-earned cash because they received meticulously shaved regular kitten instead of the naturally hairless cat they had paid for. Some scammers’ shave ordinary cats so impeccably that the customers and their vets fail to notice that they bought a shaved cat until the hair begins to grow back.
Listen carefully to avoid being scammed (Source: boredpanda.com)
You can follow these rules to avoid being scammed when buying sphinx online;
You can't pay with a credit or debit card
Trusted online sphinx platforms support secure methods of payment, such as debit or credit cards or PayPal. You should never transact with sellers requiring payment via insecure methods, such as wire transfer, money order, bitcoin, prepaid gift card, and so on. Even though these methods of payment as easy and effective, they lack meaningful recourse to get your money back in case of a scam. It is also important to note that any site which requires your personal information, such as Social Security number, should be avoided entirely.
Check contact information
A trusted website such as purebreedkitties.com provides visitors with Purebreed Kitties as the name the company and additional contact information on the website, including physical address and phone numbers. On the other hand, scam websites usually provide only their email address along with a form for you to fill out on their page. The lack of contact information highlight that they don’t wish to be contacted, but only seek to obtain your personal information for their scam. You should also be cautious if the seller provides an international contact number by calling the number. Typically, scammers use disconnected numbers to avoid being tracked by authorities. Also, watch out for websites which located in different from the company.
Don’t Fall for Low Prices and Discounts
If you see a sphinx deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. You can eradicate doubt by visiting other sites and compare prices before you purchase. As we all know, sellers transact with the sole intention of making a profit. Any offer which is way lower than the others is suspicious and should be treated with caution. One of the tricks used by scammers to attract innocent buyers is discounts. Scammers understand that a majority of buyers will seek established sellers if they offer sphinxes at the average price. On the other hand, lower prices can be suspicious and turn away potential victims. To justify their lower prices, scanners will offer a big discount tricking buyers into believing it is a genuine deal.
Review Fine Print for Sloppy English
Some online scammers are from countries where English is not the first language. Always read the fine print and look out for spelling and grammar mistakes and strange choice of words. Also, poor website design for sphinx-sellers purporting to be established organization should raise a red flag.
Check domain name
Whenever you are searching for an established organization to buy your sphinx, watch out for suspicious domain names. In most cases, trusted organizations will use simple URLs, such as www.purringsphynx.com, matching the name and trademark of the company. Any extra, enticing, or suggestive words in the URL, such as ‘super deals’ or ‘discount sales,’ it is highly likely that the website is a scam.
Check when the site was created
One key characteristic of scam sites is they do not exist for long for fear of being caught. Most established and trusted sphinx websites have been in existence for years. Therefore, you should be cautious of any website which has been in existence for a few weeks or months. You can look up the history of websites and archived versions of the sites over time by checking the website’s Wayback Machine.
Review refund policy
A trusted website provides potential customers with a clear refund policy. Make sure you review the refund policy before purchasing and avoid sites with vague or nonexistent refund policies.
Check out customer reviews
One of the main indicators of a scam is customer reviews. Widespread connectivity offered by the Internet reduces the possibility of users falling for the same scam over and over again. Most buyers who have been scammed highlight the website as a scam in various sites on the web. All you have to do is type the name of the website, followed by the word 'scam,' and you will be able to view complaints or testimonials about the company.
One of the gifts we have is instinct. Never disregard your gut feeling because of enticing discounts or deals. Most importantly, you can always count on www.purringsphynx.com when you want to buy sphinx online. We offer sphynx kittens for sale and mature hairless cats for sale.