February 10th, 2017

Beware: TheBoredPotato (Scammer)

WHO: TheBoredPotato

WHERE: http://theboredpotato.deviantart.com/

WHAT: It was an adoptable auction that they bid on voluntarily ($950)

WHEN: January 21, 2017 onward (has not been resolved)

PROOF: http://ninjakato.deviantart.com/art/Beast-Adopt-No-24-Auction-CLOSED-658794416 (the piece may not be visible to anyone who is not on dA but the description will show.
Proof of their AB'ing the adoptable -- https://i.gyazo.com/245494f2ce97915a214b66738f21fbfc.png
Verification -- https://i.gyazo.com/c5336bb1afa0f9bbba935a8f71268e6a.png

EXPLAIN: On January 21st I posted an adoptable auction which started with a bid of $45 and it grabbed the SB fairly quickly and kind of sat for a while. Then suddenly throughout the day there emerged a bidding war between a one TheBoredPotato and another bidder which got up to some pretty insanely high prices. I had never had anything I drew or made exceed $300 at most so needless to say I was completely floored and chuffed all the same to see this happening.
TheBoredPotato seemed to be serious about their bids as they kept going, claiming they were running out of money but then somehow had gained more money in the middle (*see the bidding chain above) and it kept going on and on and on.
When it finally hit $700 the other bidder noted me asking me when I was going to put up an AB price so they could AB it and I told them I'd cap it at $850 since I was still reeling from what was happening. By the time I went to cap the auction at $850 TheBoredPotato had already bid $900 https://i.gyazo.com/49187c9d4b8808aa886686941b09fef9.png and then bid $1,000 https://i.gyazo.com/24f334d52099b16249be4b18c043040c.png which needless to say nearly made me faint.
Anyway, I capped the auction at $950 and TheBoredPotato agreed to pay that amount and I thought everything was sorted -- the other bidder was gutted she didn't win (I know the other bidder) but accepted the loss.

After they won I noted TheBoredPotato to get the payments started and gave them my PayPal so they would know it was me when I invoiced them after finding out the amount they wanted to pay and so on -- https://i.gyazo.com/2a406eb137270d6d692268b5bb4d06b7.png
They agreed and sent $150.00 right away via the Gift option on PayPal --  https://i.gyazo.com/456e6088369a678e704698cdd8c3ab9e.png without my invoicing them but I had no reason to believe they weren't legit -- after all, they bid nearly a grand on something, I figured you'd be legit enough if you bid that much.
They also stated they were basically minted -- https://i.gyazo.com/bb502fd0a83a96da5c791f660baff926.png claiming their parents paid them 1k a week; I should have seen that as a red flag but rich people exist so... I just assumed.

Anyway, after the $150.00 I figured I'd invoice them for the next payments so I could track them but they never told me when I could invoice them so I waited, then on the 22nd I got another $100 http://sta.sh/027nzr3nsbzv which they sent again via the gift option.
At this point I was a bit uneasy about it but all the same they seemed legit and had even had a bit of a discussion with me about how much they'd wanted a piece of artwork from me and that after they paid this adopt off they'd commission me -- https://i.gyazo.com/46445f158107a091bd9958f9ebe5bdc0.png (this was the 21st still but still relevant).

After a day or so no more payments came in automatically so I figured they'd let me know when they could pay more down, however I then got this in my inbox -- http://sta.sh/0m9lpl8c3er
Now, that didn't alarm me but then I got this as well -- http://sta.sh/0wk41xody9z after I replied to their initial note wishing them well (it sent a day later because it had landed in my drafts folder somehow so it didn't send).
I didn't want to seem like a skeptic because hey, things happen so I sent them and their family well wishings and then the plot thickened -- http://sta.sh/027tzh5zds7y
The part that tripped me off was that their profile says they are 15 years old -- https://i.gyazo.com/4e001cc9d09a6dd47e028364a8276514.png and I immediately wondered why a 15 year old kid would have to even think about fronting their parent's medical bills; more so if their parents were so rich they could give their kid 1k a week... It began to make little to no sense.
However, at the fault of not sounding like a douche canoe I thought it best to give them a bit of time since if something did happen they would need some time to assess their finances and life situation to see if they could continue paying.
On the 26th I finally sent them a note http://sta.sh/01q1d9mm2gsv to inquire about whether or not they could continue to pay and if they couldn't I'd refund them the $200 they'd already sent and give the adopt to the other bidder instead (the other bidder; who I later found out couldn't afford the adopt anyway since after losing they spent their money elsewhere respectfully).
They replied with http://sta.sh/01p5blmxg907, http://sta.sh/01bq6ypajaeh, http://sta.sh/02amvrfc3njl and at that point I realised I was likely being had and I had also inquired with the other bidder about taking the adopt to find out they couldn't afford it either. So, needless to say at this point I was a bit gutted that I had not only lost a $950 bid but was also being wrung out. It all felt a bit too fabricated but again, I didn't want to be a jerk about it so I just went with it as best I could.
Anyway, long story short I asked for the email they used for their PayPal to make sure it was the exact one I had on file --http://sta.sh/023iwhr0ulvu and then refunded TheBoredPotato their $200 on the 26th of January -- http://sta.sh/0t4dadlmw5b via the gift option on PayPal so they would get their full $200 back and that was that -- https://i.gyazo.com/b82b6cdd88a06fb8e9f0b6ff16b01d39.png

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