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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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Aug. 30th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
This happens all the time. I am constantly having conversations consisting of five or ten notes back and forth about character details and then get "oh I don't get paid until Friday. Please hold my slot!" Then when Friday rolls around I have to hound the person and get "oh I only have $2 after paying my bills, sorry."

Not exactly the same wording as yours but similar. I think your guy likes talking about his characters with a captive audience. He may even think he has the money but doesn't check before contacting you. The problem is these people either manage their money poorly or simply don't take artists' commission process seriously as a business transaction.

I don't think it was a scam. Just a disorganized person who doesn't respect artists' business processes. All too common.


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