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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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thaily
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
I dunno if it's a scam as much as it is people being lax and disorganized and biting off more than they can chew financially because of attempted impulse buys.

I've had the same thing, people take up my time by telling me what they want, mailing me descriptions and then not paying promptly. I tell them "I'll get right on that, just as soon as you send a payment." then it's "Oh I don't get paid 'till the end of the month." and I tell them "Great, I'll start just as soon as I get a payment." and you never hear from them again.

Might be an idea to start posting these people as bewares so they'll stop wasting artists' time.
synviver
Sep. 4th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Might be an idea to start posting these people as bewares so they'll stop wasting artists' time.

Speaking as an artist trying to get started building a client base, I second this idea on the grounds of *really* liking the idea of knowing if people are reliable or not.

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