Internet Fraud Tips
Internet Crime Complaint
Buyer and Seller Safety
BengalClassifieds.com endeavours to
maintain a fun and friendly environment in which breeders
and potential purchasers are honest and trustworthy. To help promote smooth
transactions, BengalClassifieds.com would like to remind you about
some important steps you can take to ensure that your buying
and selling experiences on BengalClassifieds.com is enjoyable and
Below is a list of things to keep in mind. These tips are
not designed to scare you, but to encourage you to be smart
and use common sense when using the Bengal Classifieds
"What are things that potentially fraudulent buyers do?
- Ask for the
Cat/kitten to be shipped to a foreign location.
- Buyer offers
a (fake) cashier's check of far higher value than the
purchase price of the Cat/Kitten. The buyer then asks you to wire the
balance back to them via a money transfer service. (Banks will often
cash these fake checks and then hold you responsible
when the check fails to clear.) The scam often involves a
third party (shipping agent, business associate owing
buyer money). We would strongly discourage you from
- Pay with an
international credit card, cashier's check, or recommend
an unfamiliar payment or escrow service.
"What are things that potentially fraudulent sellers do?"
- Ask you to wire
money into an international bank account. Seller may ask you
to send payment overseas and will only accept Western
Union or a similar money transfer service. We would
strongly discourage you from wiring money.
- Try to convince you
not to use payment services, which offer protection
(accepted services are those like Escrow. COM and
- Refuse to give you
a working shipment tracking number, and continuously
provide excuses about why you haven't received an item.
- Sell an expensive
item at a suspiciously low price.
"How Can I Avoid Fraud?"
At BengalClassifieds.com, we believe
that buying a cat/kitten locally
is the safest way to
conduct a transaction. For National items, we strongly suggest taking the
following measures to protect yourself from scammers:
- Know what you
are buying. Before making an offer to a breeder; ask
questions to learn more about the cat/kitten they are selling.
- Ask for personal
contact information. Once you have agreed the price
and have decided to purchase or sell a cat/kitten, ask
for a phone number and call the breeder/buyer up at a random time to
make sure he/she is receiving the calls.
- Use a payment
method with fraud protection. Many scammers only
accept money by wire transfer, Money Gram, or bank
transfer because buyers cannot get their money back and
sellers cannot be tracked.
- Keep records of
all correspondence. Hold on to any e-mail, notes,
shipping documents, and payment information. Be sure to
print a copy of the ad! These records may prove useful
in the rare event that you need to seek a refund from a
seller or report an incident of fraud.