Beware of fraudsters selling F1 Savannah cats online and being approached by email. Being naturally wary I quickly became suspicious of two people who approached me by email to offer me F1 Savannah kittens at $3,000 each.
The sellers called themselves: Hilary Jones and Liana Brogass. I played along with them and told them that I was interested in buying one of the kittens and asked what happens next. Hilary Jones responded by asking for $1500 upfront. Never send money to anyone upfront unless you are absolutely certain about the person and the contract. For me this was one of several clear signs that ‘Hilary Jones’ was a fraudster and conman.
These are the F1 Savannah kittens that the conman wanted to sell me. He does not own the kittens in my view and was simply trying to con me.
Previously I had asked for details of the breeding cattery. He said there was no website but that it was called ‘Hilary Pets House’ (sounds made up to me). There is no record of this on the internet. All breeders have or should have an internet presence of some sort.
The clincher was that one of the photos he attached to his emails was taken by me! It was of an F1 Savannah cat, Focus, who was bred by A1 Savannahs some years ago. I photographed this super cat in the home of Kathrin and Martin Stucki when I visited them. Clearly ‘Hilary’ had got together some photos of cats from the internet that looked like high filial Savannahs and emailed a lot of people that he thought might be interested in buying one.
Also, Hilary would not let me see the kittens in person, in real life, to verify their existence. A clear sign of an attempted fraud.
The idea behind the fraud is to ask for a large sum upfront, receive it and then disappear.
The other F1 Savannah cat seller, Liana Brogass, is probably the same person and both are aliases.
It may be that Jim Stevenson, aka Woodsman001, the notorious cat hater and troller is behind this because he hates me as much as he hates cats and he wants to undermine me and the website. If that is true then he has failed miserably.
The wider story though is to be vigilant and never be tempted into sending money upfront before receiving the goods to anyone that you don’t know or have not met. Even if you know the person don’t do it unless you are completely satisfied that you can trust the person and even then resist the temptation. Really that is true. You never know when someone will pop up and bite you.
Here is a transcript of the email correspondence between me and Hilary:
We are proud to announce to you that we currently have 4 Stunning F1 Savannah Kittens. They are all ready for reservation and adoption now. These babies are full of joy and character, love to play and full of energy.
These F1 Savannah kittens are 11 Weeks old and we have 2 Males and 2 Females available. They are TICA Registered–Select Exotics lineage, excellent dark spots and friendly, playful personalities! They are well trained and very friendly and playful with good temperament with kids and other pets and animals.
We are offering 1 Kitten for an Adoption fee of $3,000. We accept payment plan. They will come along with all paperwork and all necessary accessories.
Find attached in this email, updated pictures of both the males and females F1 Savannah Kittens for your review and get back to us with your choice.
Hilary, one of the photos was taken by me! I took it at A1 Savannahs and the cat is Focus. Could you explain this?
Hillary please tell me the name of your cattery. Are you well-known? F1 Savannahs are pretty rare. Do you breed servals?
hello good day am sorry am writing to you but now but its because i have been very very busy with the commands from people all over the world who are buying my F1 Savannah kittens.as of the picture please i dont know what you are talking about since am a breeder and my cattery name is HILARY PETS HOUSE.if you are interested in having one of my kittens then please kindly tell me thank you.
my mobilenumber is 0013219990169 you can give me a call or text me if you wish.
Hilary, you have not explained why one of the kittens is of a cat bred by A1 Savannahs in Oklahoma, USA, some years ago. I visited A1 savannahs and photographed the cat. Therefore this cat cannot have been bred by you. And therefore I’m afraid you are not telling me the truth. And therefore I cannot proceed with publishing anything about your cattery unless you can clarify the position with some certainty.
Micheal what more do you expect from me i have explained all i can to you but you seem not see reasons with me and such i don’t know what more to say
Hilary, if I wanted to buy one of the kittens what happens next
Micheal, if you intend to buy one of the kittens you would have to give me your complete address then make a 50% upfront payment so that i can do all paper work changing ownership from my names to yours and equally pay for delivery as well and when you receive the kitten you then complete the payment.This is the procedure all of my clients do follow in having their kittens.
I need to see the kittens first hand before purchasing. Where can I see them?
Micheal the way you sound its like you are doubting me so if you are not interested in having one of the kittens as you earlier mentioned then please stop taking my time because i have important things to do as well as i have serious people who are buying my kittens and they are satisfied with my terms.so if you know you are not ready please leave me alone.
You are a liar, con artist and a fraudster and I will write about you tomorrow on my website:
okay, thank you very much and do as you wish.