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Mountain Fork European Maine Coons
Small Epic Cattery. Big European Cats.
Broken Bow, OK USA
Tips To Avoid Scams
Red Flags! Don't Be A Victim Of Online Kitten Scams

Mountain Fork Whiskey, European brown classic tabby male.

Photo courtesy of his owner, The Storey Family!

 

Ask the breeder to send you a text message (photo) of their (current as well as past) CFA "Cattery of Excellence" certificate from The CFA cat registry association.

Ask the breeder to send you a text message (photo) of their CFA certificate of their registered cattery name as well as asking for the CFA website link for their registered cattery name. For example, The link to our CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) registered cattery name (MTN FORK) since October 2005, on the CFA website: 

https://ecat.cfa.org/public/catterylist.aspxstartswith=M

 

Costa/Costal Maine Coons (costamainecoon.com) aka (giantmainecoonkittens) and Classic Maine Cats (classicmainecats.com) are scam websites that steals/copies our Mountain Fork kitten testimonials, bio, etc., and have been reported numerous times to The FTC (Federal Trade Commission). At least on a weekly basis, potential kitten buyers report to us, their experience of being the victim of an online kitten selling scam. Here are some tips that may help buyers avoid wasting their time and potentially avoid losing deposits/money!

 

Photos of the litter of available kittens/kittens for sale should all have the SAME background. For example, we use the same backdrop on each kittens' photo in the SAME litter. If there are 6 kittens in the litter, they will all have the same backdrop, not different settings. In warmer weather, we take outdoor photos on a wooden tree stump. Again, all the kitten photos in that litter will have the SAME background. Scammers copy/paste kitten photos from different websites. Therefore they will be different sizes, sometimes different ages and have different backgrounds. Some will have green walls showing in the background, yellow walls showing, kittens lounging on cat trees, kittens laying on different colored tables, etc.

If the website does not have the breeders name, location and phone number listed on it, that is a huge red flag and is almost always a scam. Reason being, they don't want their name reported to The Federal Trade Commission! They typically use a submission form with an email address for potential kitten buyers to submit an inquiry. They also don't want buyers to recognize the name is different on the website than what the name is, that buyers are asked to send money to.

If you can't find the breeder/cattery on facebook, that's another red flag.

If the price is too cheap, ($750 - $1200) for European direct imported cats with DNA cleared parentage) that's another red flag. Basically, if it seems too good to be true, it's a scam. Importing and raising kittens to maturity, DNA testing, birthing kittens, vet expenses, quality food, etc is a huge expense and that's why breeders whom are experienced, sell healthy and top quality kittens that are hard to come by. Therefore, they will not be cheap.

If there is any doubt in your mind, ask to see documentation; the kittens parents' DNA tests, the CFA issued Cattery of Excellence certificate. It only takes moments for a reputable breeder to take a pic and send it in a text message, for that specific set of parents.

Color tips: Maine Coons do not have the Siamese/Persian breed inherited colors. If a website talks about "pointed coloring" such as flame points, blue lynx, lavender points, chocolate points, etc those are Siamese traits that Persians can have, but NEVER a Maine Coon!

Another color tip: Brown with red patched tabbies, tortoiseshells, calicos and dilute calicos (cream instead of red patches) are females as it is a sex linked color. Most people including scammers, do not know this and those female kittens will be will be represented as male kittens for sale. Most solid red kittens are males. Scammers do not know this either!

Ask to see a video of the kitten you are interested in purchasing. Ask them to place a specific object in the video such as; a blue sharpie marker, a large wooden spoon, a pair of glasses, a post it note with the kittens name written in green ink, etc. Scammers will not be able to provide this authentication!

A reputable breeder will have an extensive kitten gallery, showing kittens from their past/prior litters. If they do not have an extensive gallery, it is a scam or they are newbies trying to wing it. Scammers are not going to take the time required to build an extensive website.

Ask if they follow the USDA guidelines regarding the sale of pets, sight unseen in regards to shipping a kitten to you on an airplane. If they don't know what you are referring to, they are more than likely a scam.

Ask who their vet is that issues their health certificates prior to going to their new homes. Call that vet and get specific information about the breeder and then ask the contact person on the website to verify. For example, our vet comes to our home to examine each kitten prior to leaving us for their forever homes. Our vet knows the exterior color of our home, knows what outdoor free roaming animals we feed on a daily basis (young/abandoned deer), knows about our other 3 animals; 2 dogs & 1 horse. Our vet can tell you their sex, breed and colors! 

*UPDATED SCAM LIST 3/7/2021
Scam websites (notice many scam sites end in the word HOME):
Aiden Maine Coon Kittens
Al Cattery Home
Alpha Coons
Alpha Maine Coon Cattery
Alpha Maine Coons
Audreys Maine Coon Cattery
Big Bone Coons
Big Maine Coon Breeders Home
Bryan Maine Coons
Cassy’s Maine Coons
Cats and Kittens Home
Catss Paradise
Classy Maine Cats
Costa Maine Coon
County Lane Coon Cattery
Cristar Maine Coon Cattery
Danny Paw Coons Cattery
Dazzling Feelings
Elora Maine Coon
Emerald Maine Coon Cattery
Exquisite Maine Cattery
Exuberant Maine Coon Cattery
Family Coons Cattery
Family Maine Coons
Fancy Maine Coons
Fanny Maine Coons
Fantasia Cattery
Five Maine Coon Cattery
Flowery Maine Coon
Frank Thomson Maine Coon Kittens
Gentle Coons
Gentle Maine Coon Kits
GentleCoon
Giant Dreamz Coonz
Giant Maine Kittens
Giant Purebred Coons
Gorgeous Maine Coon Kittens Home
Grace Maine Coon Cattery
Greg Maine Coons
Hales Maine Coon Cattery
Healthy Maine Coons
Home Maine Coon Breeder Cattery
Home Maine Coon Kittens
Home of Maine Coon Cattery
Jason Maine Coon Home
Kerry Maine Coons
King Coons Cattery . Com
Kitty Classic Maine Coon Cattery
Kitty Maine Coon
Kyles Maine Coon Cattery
Larry’s Maine Coon Home (website is larrymianecoonhome - yes, spelled wrong)
Legacy Maine Coon
Love Maine Coons
Lovely Maine Coons
Maine Coon Breeders Home
Maine Coon Elite Kittens
Maine Coon Kattery
Maine Coon Kitten Home
Maine Coon Kittens-4 Sale
Maine Coon Legacy Home
Maine Coons Legacy Home
Maine Coon Palace
Maine Coon Paws
Majestic Maine Coons
Mani Maine Coon Cattery
Maria’s Amazing Maine Coons
Marvelous Maine Coons
Mason Maine Coons
McKinney Maine Coon home
Mega Maine Coons
Melissa Maine Coon Kittens Home
Midway Maine Coons
My Maine Coon Gift
Nicole Maine Coon Kittens
Pawfect Maine Coon Cattert
Pearl Maine Coon Kittens
Popular Maine Coon Kitten
Premier Mainecoon Kittens
Pure Coons
Pure Maine Coon Kittens
Purebred Maine Coons
Purmum Maine Coon Cattery
Quality Pure Coons
Reputable Maine Coon Breeders
Reputable Maine Coon Kittens
Royal Coons Cattery
Ruby Maine Coons
Ryan Foley Maine Coons
Shag Kingdom
Shalom Maine Coon Cattery
Sidelines Maine Coon Kittens Home
Silver Saint Maine
Silvermate Maine Coons
Silverways
Skypaws Maine Coons
Star Maine Coons
Stunning Maine Coon Kitten
Sunshine Maine Coons Cattery (must have cattery at the end)
Tom Maine Coon Kittens
 
Facebook and Instagram Scam Pages. Any generic Facebook page name is almost always a scam:
Adorable mainne coons kittens for adoption
Adorable Maine coon kittens ready for a new home
Adorable Maine for adoption hear me
Anissa Mukimi (scammer on fb)
Available maincoon kittens and cats near me
George Edward (says Chasers Maine Coon Cattery)
Geraldine Lisa (scammer on fb)
Beautiful Full Maine Coon
Beautiful Maine Coon Kitten Available
Beautiful Mainecoon Available
Bengal mainecoons kittens for sale
Cats and kittens for sales
Chat Maine Coon pour adoption
Classified kittens and cats cattery
Cute kittens for sale
Cute Maine coon
Daniel John (scammer on fb)
Elen Rose (scammer)
Franck Ebot (scammer)
Friendly Maine coon cats and kittens for adoption
Harry Winston (scammer on fb)
Healthy Maine Coons Registered
Healthy Mainecoon
Home of Maine Coon verified
James Michael (scammer on fb)
John Mark (scammer on fb)
Johnnas Saen (scammer of fb)
Jones Kelly (scammer on fb)
Joseph’s Kittens Adoption Center
Joseph’s Kittens Cattery
Joseph Mark Anthony (scammer on fb)
Kathy Bartell (scammer on fb)
Kelvin Zick Cothel (scammer on fb)
Kingpin Coons
Kittens for adoption
Kittens for sale
Kittens Ready for Homes
Kitty Elena (scammer)
Lori maine coon cattery
Loveable Maine Coon Kittens for Home
Maine coon cats
Maine coon cats and kitten rescue
Maine Coon Cats and Kittens for Rehoming
Maine coon cats and kittens rehoming
Maine Coon Cat’s and Kitten’s for sale
Maine Coon cats/kittens for sale
Maine Coon Cattery
Maine Coon for sale
Maine coon for sell
Maine Coon Kingdom
Maine Coon kitten for sale
Maine coon kitten’s for sale
Maine coon kittens
Maine Coon Kittens.
Maine coon kittens Available
Maine coon kittens breeders
Maine Coon Kittens For Adoption
Maine coon kittens for adoption near me.
Maine Coon Kittens For Sale.
Maine Coon Kittens For Sale Near Me
Maine Coon Paws
Maine Coons Cattery Registered
Maine coons kitten for sale
Maine Coon Kittens to Go
Maine Coon Rescue Community (spanish)
Maine Coonery
Mainecoon kitten paw
Mainecoon Kittens for Adoption
Marco Jennifer (scammer on fb)
Maria Ramon (scammer on fb)
Marian Harper
Mark Tom (scammer on fb)
Millar Tasha (scammer on fb)
Newell Johnson Julie
Oteh Elvis Elvis (scammer on fb)
Pretty Mainecoon kittens for adoption
Rankin Joseph (scammer on fb)
Rayim Mbogning (scammer on fb)
Sabi Touts (scammer on fb)
Sun Maine Coons
Tracy Scott (scammer on fb)
William Jones (scammer on fb)
 
Brokers/Mills/Flippers/Questionable:
catsdogs(dot)us
kittensup4sale(dot)com
happypawsus(dot)com
Irina Zubritskaya (flipper)
Mcattery(dot)com
purebredkitties(dot)com
Wild Onion (broker)

 

Email: mtnforkkittens@gmail.com      Text: (580) 306-3571

Kelly Sparkman, Founder, Mountain Fork European Imports, LLC    

Est. 2005

Website Updated 9/25/2021