Unfortunately now when you are looking for a kitten there are almost as many scammers as there are breeders.
I get calls more often than ever before someone has sent money to someone who they have not spoken with or been offered a veterinarians reference. (no breeder can make a veterinarian up you as a customer can google the office and make sure it is not a fake reference)
This makes me sick as everyone is attached to a picture as soon as soon as they decide they have chosen a kitten to only find out they have not only lost their money but the kitten they thought was theirs.
Some rules to Follow to not get scammed!!
1. Talk with them on the phone. A breeder is more than happy to answer your questions.
2.Ragdolls are selling for $1200 or more depending on the local. If the cattery is selling for less I would assume it is a scam.
3. Won't take calls, they only deal through e-mails or texts. This is because they can't speak English and they are running the conversation through a translator app. I wouldn't deal with anyone who won't answer a phone call.
4. Broken English or halting English in texts, e-mails, or on the website. Google translate does a great job but never perfect. All of us have the occasional typo. It usually shows up in tenses or grammar errors.
5. Professional Photos. This isn't always a sure thing I think my photos look pretty good. I know for myself, I have kitten fatigue taking pictures some kittens sit perfectly and others are not always so cooperative. Breeders just do not have tie to take perfect pictures of every kitten, also run the kitten through google search. It will show you where the photo originated from.
6. A web address that can't be googled. Try to google the web address, if it does not show up it is a fake address even if it shows up in the URL when you are on their page.
7. Will ship today or tomorrow, it takes a couple of days minimum to set up shipping or flights for delivery. I will not ship cargo we use a flight nanny it is much more secure and safe for your kitten.
8. Make sure you are getting a health certificate signed from your breeders veterinarian, All kittens should be checked by a veterinarian before leaving a breeders home and this should be documented.