Online cat scams claim to originate from small town outside Fargo

The prices of the cats have ranged from $550 to $2,000.

InForum News Brief FSA

FARGO — The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about internet scams in which victims pay for cats of specialty breeds but don't receive them.

The sheriff’s office has taken reports from a total of four victims in Washington state, Michigan, New York and Florida, who bought cats from websites where breeders purport to be based in the Cass County town of Leonard, but never got them.

The prices of the cats have ranged from $550 to $2,000, the sheriff's office said. The specialty breeds have included munchkin, Maine Coon, Scottish Fold and Scottish Fold munchkin cats.

A local veterinarian’s office also took a call from someone looking to buy a cat from a breeder who claimed to be from Leonard, the sheriff's office said. The city of Leonard and the sheriff’s office don't know of any cat breeders in or around Leonard.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office took the opportunity to remind the public to only buy from verified online vendors.


Leonard, population 286, is a town about 40 miles southwest of Fargo.

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