PLEASE BEWARE of an alleged con artist and internet scammer known as TRINA KENNEY who is posing as a horse dealer operating out of Southern California! Trina Kenney is under civil and criminal investigation for defrauding numerous online Internet horse buyers. Trina Kenney buys her horses from low-end auctions and then advertises them under many different and fraudulent names/aliases and addresses as being from different valuable breeds for low bargain prices on various equine websites. Trina Kenney makes her living by scamming innocent people out of hard earned money. Numerous people have bought the very same horse. And, most people will never see any horse arrive, and those people that do have a horse shipped to them have found that the horse is old, sick and definitely not what was advertised. One individual shipped the sick horse back to Trina Kenney, who then allowed that horse to starve to death. Trina Kenney has stolen others peoples legitimate business names and photos of other peoples horses off of other websites for use in her bait and switch defrauding schemes. Many victims have gone to small claims court and have obtained judgments against Trina Kenney, but have not collected any money. This story has been shown on network television news & . For more information, please see the information listed in the Hot Topics Forum on .
Trina Kenney is only interested in getting money as quickly as possible from nave and vulnerable victims and doesn't care how much she hurts anybody. Con artists are very clever and adept liars who can sound very convincing to other people with their slick and believable lies for every situation. You have to judge con artists by their actions, not by their words. Honest horse sellers will do their best to work with you, not just lie repeatedly to you and hand you a bunch of strange excuses.
For anybody who is located out of state and is thinking about buying a horse in California, get on the California Veterinary Medical Association's website and click on the link in the upper right hand corner to find a Veterinarian who practices on horses in any area of California.
You can contact that listed Vet and pay him or her to do an independent medical exam of any horse in that same area before you pay out any large amount of money to the seller. If the seller of the horse should object to this type of independent medical examination or try to make up any strange excuses, then just walk away from them.
The old saying, "Buyer Beware", holds true in any purchasing situation, especially when purchasing a horse over the Internet. To protect yourself, do some careful research and know just what you are buying. Check prices of other similar horses for comparison purposes. Be very, very careful when buying that too-good-to-be-true horse advertised for an incredibly-low-price on the Internet, particularly if that horse is located anywhere in Southern California. If the price sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Con artists use the greed of people to pull off their scams. Also, dont fall for any rush tactics, such as I have several buyers waiting to buy this horse or I am moving or in bad health and need to place this horse now!! Be very careful of horses that appear in ads with poor quality photos and look carefully at the appearance of the horses and backgrounds in all photos. Check to see if the horse's pedigree is listed at . If this horse is a purebred, then call their applicable registry and ask for information on the owners of the horse. Do an internet search on the owner's name, business name, and horse's name. Ask for the seller's mailing address and home telephone number. Call the local sheriff or police and ask them if the mailing address is legitimate. Beware of any seller who lists only a Post Office Box address for receiving mail and only gives out a cell phone number. Call the seller's phone number at a random time to make sure he/she is receiving the calls. Call the local Better Business Bureau and ask about the seller. Do an internet reverse search on all telephone numbers. Ask the seller for references. Talk to every single person that you can think of, including your shippers. If you have friends in the area, don't hesitate to ask them for help. Be extremely careful, vigilant, and especially skeptical, if you are a first time horse buyer or are looking for a horse for your child as Trina Kenney deliberately markets and sells her low-end auction horses of unknown dispositions to families with children as being bomb-proof or child-proof. Pay attention to your instincts. If anything, and I do mean ANYTHING, at all seems the slightest bit suspicious, then dont move forward on the transaction.
Do not send any money or payments via either wire transfer, Western Union Money Gram, bank transfer, because these methods of payment are virtually untraceable, do not offer any form of buyer protection or fraud protection or seller accountability, and buyers cannot get their money refunded back or track down fraudulent sellers who received the fraudulent payment. If you are within the US and must pay by money order, then you can use a Postal Money Order, which are issued by the US Postal Service and can be purchased at your local Post Office branch. Because these money orders are issued by the US Postal Service, any fraudulent activity can be investigated by the US Postal Inspection Service while other money orders cannot. However, while US Postal Inspectors may have the ability to investigate and prosecute, they do not have the ability to provide a refund for your loss. Both PayPal and Cash On Delivery (C.O.D) also offer very limited protection.
For both buyer protection and seller convenience, credit cards are one of the best and safest methods for doing business over the Internet. Many credit cards offer a 60-day protection on each sale, while others offer even more protection for online purchases. If you wish to protect your credit card number, many services (such as VISA, Discover, and American Express) offer temporary numbers to make one-time purchases online. These temporary numbers may expire after one use or may hold limited funds. Please contact your credit card company to find out how they can protect you with online purchases. For the very best safety and for protection of both seller and buyer, use an escrow service for all financial transactions above $500, and for all situations where you feel uncertain about a seller, as this is the safest way to complete a transaction. For a small fee (typically under 10%), escrow services receive and validate payment into the escrow account from the buyer, and then prompt the seller to ship the horse to the buyer. When the buyer receives the horse, the escrow service sends the payment to the seller only after the buyer has inspected and approved the horse. If the seller of the horse should object to this type of financial transaction or try to make up any excuses, then again just walk away from them. There are always other good horses that you can buy from real legitimate sellers with just a little bit of more research.
AGAIN, BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE BUYING A HORSE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Legitimate sellers won't be offended by anybody checking up on their reputations. If you are listing a horse for sale in California, please list a link to your legitimate website! Please spread the word about this dangerous con artist to everyone that you can think of as Trina Kenney deliberately scams and defrauds people by selling low-end auction horses of unknown, possibly dangerous dispositions to first time horse buyers and to families with children as being bomb-proof or child-proof and doesn't even care if anybody might be hurt or possibly killed by one of her feed-lot horses. Again be very careful if you are considering buying a bargain-priced horse from Southern California as Trina Kenney is an extremely amoral con artist sociopath who makes her living by being scamming people over the internet. Trina Kenney even preys on children. Sociopaths are people who have absolutely no morals and don't operate by "normal" rules of life that other people understand and are very adept liars who can make up very believable stories for every situation and can sound very convincing to other "normal" people. Trina is only interested in the money and doesn't care about how much she hurts you or anybody else.
Lorna, Sacramento, California