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Dison- Stealing money and blocking people



The user is known as Dison on Furaffinity and m-dison on Deviantart.
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dison
http://m-dison.deviantart.com/

On October 23rd, this person made a half price sale for digital art after constantly dropping the prices, making it seem like they were desperate for money. 5 people purchased commissions on this day.

3 of these people are people I know, twlight05, chaoman16, and regisky.

And then the artist disappeared. No updates, journals, nothing.
At first I thought maybe something was wrong. But I noticed Dison faving things on FA. After I sent a note asking if everything was alright, Dison stopped favoriting images, disappearing again.
I discovered that Dison was actively posting things on DA, so I sent an inquiry as to their whereabouts on FA. Dison never responded to my note, but clearly read it (the yellow "not yet read" symbol was no longer there)
After this note was sent, Dison posted a journal on FA claiming to be back, but once again, went completely silent afterwords.
From this point, I and a few other users have sent notes regarding our commissions. For some reason, Dison only responded to one person and completely ignored the others. Any shouts made on their page about commissions were hidden. Proving again that they are clearly still actively there, but purposefully not doing anything.

This month, I tried one more time, begging to have my commission refunded because I was not comfortable with the content (it involved a character belonging to my ex) and that I was in a horrible financial situation. I sent this request as a note on DA and a shout on both the FA and DA userpage. My post was hidden, my note was never read, and Dison blocked my account.


Here are all the screencaps I've taken to show what's going on:
The sale:


The purchase:


Notes being read but not responded to over the months:




Notice here that the last message was not read. This is because he has blocked me and chosen to ignore reading it.

Other user experiences:


Warning, this next one has a lot of angry swearing:




Hiding shouts on DA, clearly showing that he is indeed there monitoring his account actively and is ignoring commissioners. Keep in mind the dates of the other posts to understand initially when the messages were hidden:






And finally, the block. This happened after the last image's hide post, where I asked if he could please refund my money:




My biggest concern right now is that Dison is still there, and likely still accepting commissions from people. Once payed, it seems dison ignores the buyer completely. The only reason twlight05 was responded to was because he had not yet fully payed for his commission.
There are people who still don't realize this person is a thief, and I would like something to at least be done about this.

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Comments

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kayla_la
Jun. 28th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Hi! Your LJ cut appears to be broken. Could you please fix it?

WARNING, NO LJ-CUT THIS COMMENTS BEYOND THIS POINT, THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING.
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foxhack
Jun. 28th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
I'd like to know if they're using the browser client or something else, like Semagic. SOMETHING has got to be messing things for so many people.
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
I've made double sure I used the html tab. I even went back to edit it to make sure. Still nothing.
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Can you please tell me how? I looked in multiple places to make absolute sure I used the right code for putting a cut and I don't know why it's not working. I've done cuts before and never had this issue.
kayla_la
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
It looks like you might be using the wrong kind of bracket at the beginning of the code, a ‹ instead of a <. Try replacing that? Looks like that's the same problem at the end of the cut, too. Just replace all the brackets with < and >
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Now I feel silly XD
kayla_la
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
As long as it works!
shukivengeance
Jun. 28th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Their FA appears to have been cleaned out, no submissions or icons. :/
spyral_out
Jun. 28th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
This person is occasionally logging on to delete any damning Shouts, too.
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Seems they finally decided to pack and run off with everyone's cash.
tech_rex
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I recognized the names and styles, and did some sleuthing. It looks like they have a history of doing this and using alts, check out shouts on these pages:

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/tulipe
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dmball

I'm not sure you can do anything on DA but if you contact anyone who commissioned any of the alts, get proof they all are the same person, and contact the FA staff and have them check IP addresses, they cant, at least, be blocked from making any future alts on FA.
tech_rex
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Blargh, they CAN, at least, not "cant".
mariechan
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
I know this person from conquestofthehorde, the private WoW rp server. They are Saiyuu on the forums. Would you like me to get in contact with the artist?
mariechan
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
And to note, M-Dison is VERY ACTIVE on the server. I think I see him rp there daily.
anuvia
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
I wouldn't confront them about it yet; They obviously have a history of running when it's brought up. Since that forum is a site they're active on, it could be a good place to get information from if those scammed decide to try and take action against Dison.
teahound
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
This. When an artist has a reputation of running at the first hint of trouble, direct confrontation is never a good plan. Reconnaissance is best here.
mariechan
Jun. 28th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Okay!

The website is here: http://www.conquestofthehorde.com/index.php

His art thread is here: http://www.conquestofthehorde.com/Thread-Saiyuu-s-deposit

Dison is known as Saiyuu there. However, we'd rather there not be people joining for the sake of joining. Is there anything specific you'd want me to gather for information?

PS: Dison is also pretending to be the "wow commissioner" in the submissions of the dwarf, and the draenei, and so on. Apparently he didn't want to draw attention to the server, or that's his excuse. Point is, if it looks like he was doing commissions promptly for the "player from world of warcraft" that's because he was actually doing artwork for himself, which may give a wrong impression to future customers.


Also if there's ever a critique or problem he willfully ignores it, or shrugs it off, so I guess you're right about confrontation. He has also during this time managed to do sketches for himself, and even fulfilled an art trade with another player on CotH within a week or two-week span, so it's not like he doesn't have time for commissions.
anuvia
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
JUST for the sake of checking; I sent him a note asking if they were taking commissions. WITHIN 10 MINUTES, I had a reply:

purpule
Jun. 28th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
What an utter snake!
kerstin_orion
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Please refrain from name-calling.
flarveon
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I did the same, got a reply around the same time, geez :U
kayla_la
Jun. 28th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
How slimy! I'm sure he knows exactly what he's doing...
snobahr
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ask for a list of satisfied customers from the last 6 months.
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
That's just disgusting.
keaalu
Jun. 28th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
I notice you paid with Paypal - I know it's past the 45 days they allow for a dispute, but have you spoken to them at all? If this artist is consistently doing this, and enough people make complaints to Paypal, I bet they're a whole lot more likely to do something about it than DA/FA. The art sites can (and do, in the case of DA) make the excuse that "well we're not responsible for what users do on our site", and users can account-hop and vanish easily.

Edit: nnngh, spellings.

Edited at 2011-06-28 11:38 am (UTC)
balddumborat
Jun. 29th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Yeah I'm trying to contact anyone else who might have a commission with this guy.
puritikoneko
Jun. 29th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Egads!

I'm really sorry to hear about your crummy experience, but the beware is MUCH appreciated.
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