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artadams

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This community of cat lovers just saved me $250 from a scam. I was reading posts that were from people on this site and saw pictures of the same cats I was interested in. Same hook used, "we are moving and can't take them with us." "Just pay transportation fee." (Western Union). I almost fell for it. So now, I will donate $35.00 to the site this month for saving me a bundle. If you are looking at baldcats.tk it's a scam. Also the email domain @live.com has been used over and over for the same purpose. I'm sure glad I did my homework and hope that I may have saved other people money as well. Here's the contact info of the scammer:





Wyandotte MI 48192
USA

The 'M.O.' this one is using is that they are moving to Hawaii and can't take the kittens with them. All you have to pay is transportation fee. ($250)

Here's an excerp from the email:

Ok. Well i understand you well. Well we are actually given our kittens out because we are traveling to Hawaii and we cannot take them along because of the laws they have there. So all we need is a home for them where they will be love and cared for. Actually we are not breedes but like keeping animals and many sphynx.
They are all well trained,friendly with kids and other pets. They are perfect in health and will come with their papers. They are upto date on shots. I will be sending a kitten with a hand manual guide which will direct you on how to cater for them, as of when to bath them and feeding, all what they eat. None of them are altered nor fixed . i mean the females are not spayed and they males not neutered.
So Mercy will be a good pet for you.
I am located in Wyandotte,Michigan, so to have her it will need for me to ship her to you and all you will be paying is just the transportation fee $250 . It will be like 3 hours flight to get her to you in Texas. We can maka all arrangements today and i send her to you.
So to send her, i will need your full names and address and name of airport closest to you where she will be shipped to. as soon as i get that, i will let you know how to send the money so that i can have her shipped. If there is anything else you will like to know feel free to ask me.
Waiting to read from you.
Thanks.
 
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Bella07

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I'm so happy to hear that you didn't fall for one of these scams, and that Sphynxlair helped you! I've heard horrible stories about people losing hundreds to thousands of dollars in cases similar to one you posted. The rule of thumb is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! That is so sweet of you to donate here. Good Luck with your search for a Sphynx Kitten.
 

ilovemysphynx

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Hi artadams and welcome to sphynxlair! So glad you found the info here before some one was able to use this scam again! A big :ThumbsUp: to are members who are on the look out for this kind of thing.
Thank you for the donation very kind of you. Stick around and I am sure a sphynx will come your way:ThumbsUp:
 

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So glad that you didnt fall for the scam. Sounds like it didnt take you long to realize that you stumbled upon a wonder bunch here at the Lair. Thanks for sharing and thanks for donating to the site. As ilovemysphynx said......stick around, im sure it wont take you long to find the Sphynx of your dreams

Oh.....Welcome :BigSmile::BigSmile:
 

marlene

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Yay a scammer got screwed! Well maybe not exactly screwed but they didn't get any money, which is the same as screwing them in my book. Thanks for posting artadams, you just made my day. Welcome to the Lair and please stick around. We're a helpful chatty group and would love to get to know you better.

Have patience and do your homework and sooner or later you'll find the right kitty for you. But I suspect you already know that. :)
 

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Hello artadams! Welcome to our online family. We are a friendly, knowledgeable group of folks here who love our cats and care about each other deeply. We celebrate together, figure things out together and sometimes we cry together. The site is well moderated and fair to everyone. We aren't bothered with spammers, and you can choose to be as involved as you want. People here routinely keep an eye out for rescues which they post, so keep your eyes open for those if you're looking to rescue. I'm so glad we spared you from the scammer and it was great of you to contribute. I can honestly say that this group of people is the most caring, generous bunch of folks I have ever met-- anywhere. So just wanted to tell you you've come to a good place. We're so glad to have you here! Looking forward to getting to know you.
Hugs,
Susi and the gang
PS Thanks for the nice comment you left in my album!
 
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Hello and welcome to the Lair! I am glad to hear that you didn't fall for a scam!!! I am sure that you will find a Sphynx soon. Just keep your eyes out and when it is time, your Sphynx will find it's way to you! Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is!

Look forward to hearing more from you!
 

artadams

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You guys seem awesome, I found a dimond in the rough here... I'll keep you all posted as to my Sphynx quest. So let me bore you with why I want this non-furry little animal. I am seperated from my family, not by choice, but by the economy. I live in San Antonio during the week, and McAllen, Tx on the weekends. There is no work in McAllen (where my home is) so I have to work elsewhere. Now, I know what you are thinking (especially if you're looking at a map) San Antonio, TX to McAllen, Tx is only 250 miles...that's a long communte. So I have a mortgage (McAllen) and rent (San Antonio). I have 5 kids, 4 boys and 1 girl. I am used to a busy, noisy active house. But here I sit in my apartment where you could hear a pin drop if not for the typing on this keyboard. I don't want this animal as a companion, I need this animal to keep me from going bonkers by being all alone all week long. Why not get a "normal" cat? I would be disconnected from anything "normal" that's why I want a "not-so-normal" cat. He or she will fit right in, in my "not-so-normal" life. I'll keep him or her company, and he or she can keep me company. We'll be 2 "not-so-normal" (semi-hairless) creatures together!
 

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I'm so glad you were able to avoid that scam. That is a common one scammers use! Welcome to the Lair!! I'm assuming your in search for a new baby so congrats and can't wait to see photos once it finally happens for you!
 

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Well it sounds like a Sphynx is just perfect for you then ! I don't own a Sphynx myself yet, but from what I have heard, they'll keep you entertained for hours on end, yet after a long day's work, they'll cuddle up against you under the covers for bed time. I can't wait to finally have a Sphynx to call my own...Afterall, they're part monkey, part dog, part child, and part cat, so what's not to love?! :Wink:
 

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It sounds as though you are doing your best in an uncertain economy. I commend you for going above and beyond to care for your family. As Bella says - it sounds like a Sphynx is for you. Hang in there.:ThumbsUp:
 

MissMySphynxBoys

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Welcome to Sphynx Lair artadams. I'm glad you found us. Sphynx make wonderful companions. You will find the right kitty. Your patience will be rewarded.
 

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Hello artadams and welcome to Sphynxlair! We are glad to have helped! Good luck on your search for a Sphynx cat!
 

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I understand your living conditions all to well, I live in Panama City Florida, My husband and Son are in California, My daughter chose to stay with Grandma in Nevada. I'll get to see them about every 3 to 4 months, so at least you get to see yours on the weekend.

I hope you sphynx search goes well. There was some older sphynx cats for rescue on here, I would deff. be looking them up and seeing if they are still aval.

I also hope this economy picks up and you can move back with your family soon.
 
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Sounds like you and a Sphynx will make a perfect match! They are more than "just a cat" or more than a "pet". They truly are unique creatures. They are so intuitive and seem to know just when you need a cuddle a snuggle, or a laugh! I can't imagine my life without a Sphynx now. I hope you find yours soon!
 
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