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Warning; Possible Scam

I was contacted by zerosonic on FA for a commission. They had asked for my prices, and I told them. We had a lenghty discussion, and many, many notes on their subject and set up for their commission. Like all commissions I take, I asked for the payment once we had decided what the commission would be. The price did not change from the price I gave him at the beginning, which he agreed to.

He replied with a simple 'ok', so I figured he had sent payment. I checked the next day, because I had been using my Wii. He hadn't sent it, so I sent off another note asking if he had, that I hadn't gotten it, and if he hadn't sent it, to do so. I got another okay in response.

So I sent off another note being a little more firm, telling him I require payment within 24 hours of the agreed commission and that he would have to send it or I would cancle his slot. Another ok.

Lastly I fired off a 'slot cancled' note, and he responded that he didn;t have the funds to pay for commissions right now. I have no idea if he was trying to scam me or not, but I figured I'd put a warning out anyways, as I have been scammed in this exact way before.

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neolucky
Aug. 30th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
While it's rude to act as he did, this isn't really a scam. No money was exchanged, thankfully. It's just weird and he should have told you he couldn't pay. This sort of thing happens from time to time.

Have you told him you posted him here?
teekchan
Aug. 30th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
He wanted me to draw without him paying pretty much, or so it seemed. Like I said, I'm not sure if he was really trying to scam me or not, but he does have a lot of commissions bought, and I wanted to warn people in case it was.

It's extreme sketchy because he agreed to the price, and then said 'ok' as in yes, he was sending the money. The price did not change from the original quoted $35, which he agreed to.

And no, I have not.
night_sky99
Aug. 30th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
The person was trying to scam the OP, so I guess technically it was not an actual scam since no money was exchanged but it was a potential scam nonetheless. It seems to me that the person was hoping that the OP would think the "ok" message meant that he had sent the money and the OP would do the work without ever having been paid. That's why it is always good to wait for the money before starting the work since someone, like this commissioner, could say they sent it without having done so and the artist would do the work without ever getting paid for it.

It was a scam in the process, so still a scam.
neolucky
Aug. 30th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not so sure that was the intention of the customer. I'm confused as to why they kept saying "Ok" but I don't like to assume it's because they were trying to scam anyone. I doubt they expected the OP to do the art before payment, as they'd made it clear they wanted that payment upfront.

I just simply disagree, I can't call it a scam unless it actually went through. If the client intended on it, then sure it can be called a scam...but since they've bought other pictures, I have a hard time simply saying they were trying to rip someone off. People change their minds all the time, things come up, and not everyone has the decency to tell the artist why or even at all. This situation simply happens, and doesn't always mean the customers out to get someone. Just that they didn't communicate at all, or clearly.
teekchan
Aug. 31st, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
I said I wasn't sure if he was attempting to scam or not, just a warning. Also, this probably wasn't what he was attempting to do, but there was a guy on DA (may have been a diff site, it was YEARS ago) I think, that went around commissioning people for cheap things. And once he built up a rep, he started ordering larger things, lots of them. He used his rep as back up that he would pay once it was complete. He never paid, and got all this art for free.

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