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Beware and deleted contact: Yato-girl

WHO: Yato-girl/Missoverboard on DeviantArt

WHERE: http://yato-girl.deviantart.com/ (already deleted)
http://missoverboard.deviantart.com/

WHAT: Commissions of one full art piece and seven chibies.

WHEN: STILL from around December 2009 until today.

PROOF: Since this is so long ago, I have only one proof, which is a note from her from August 2011. All the notes and conversations we had through notes on DeviantArt before that were then deleted as I have trusted her and being a part friend to me and thought the notes wouldn't be neccessary. Here is the last contact I have with her, kindly asking how the commissions are going.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc263/Shiroi-Hebi/yato-girl.jpg

EXPLAIN: 

My name is hebitheivan, or also Shiroi-Hebi on Deviantart. I come to you about a person called Yato-girl that deleted her Deviantart and then just disappeared. I commissioned her a total of one full body colored drawing and 7 chibis, for a total of 30$.

It started with Yato-girl wanting to raise over a hundred dollars, because she wanted to go on a gymnastics class that her mom couldn't pay her for some reason. She said that it was her passion and that she has done it for a few years and couldn't do it then because of financial problems, so that's why she took these commissions. I thought I would help her out and send her money, I thought that her kind of art was pretty interesting to look at, so I commissioned her and sent her money by concealed cash. I know concealed cash is not a good way to have business with people, but she didn't have Paypal and I trusted her, because she was partly a friend to me, we had some very nice conversations here and there, so I thought, why not?

I sent her the money of course and she got it with no problem. That was when I started to wait for my commissions to come. She had me in her waiting list, listed all the things I wanted and she listed also some other commissioners in order. Week by week I did look how the waiting list was going on, it was going at first slow, but smoothly it seemed. Then the problems came that she has been writing journals about how once her artbook with all the art for us commissioners got stolen from her and then more intense journals like her being out of internet for a while because of medical problems (one was about her foot that got really damaged during gymnastics and then had to go to operation because of it). I, from my part to be honest, I got a little sidetracked, she did keep me updated when I asked her, but that was it. I thought I would just leave her some time because of her in real life problems, but I also know it was my fault and should have probably pushed her more into doing them, or asking for a refund.

The note, as I have included in the proof, is the last conversation I had with her. I have even wrote back to that note she has written me, but I got no response after that. I then thought I would let her be again for a while and then when I checked her out, she deleted her DeviantArt, which made me upset of course. 

Now to be honest, I have commissioned a lot of people in the past, I would even say I have commissioned more than 10 people, but I have never had problems with ANY artist, except this case. I am a patient person, I have graduated in high school from art, and art takes time to do. So that's also why I left her the time, but I admit, I have done it also wrong and let her have more than enough time. I have lost contact with her and she disappeared with my 30$.

It wasn't hard to find some of her art, even though she deleted her account, because she has some art listed on dA Groups. Here are some examples:
http://majint-nougami-neuro.deviantart.com/art/World-Full-of-MYSTERIES-Yato-116648565
http://ludwig-germany-fc.deviantart.com/art/Such-a-PEST-by-yato-girl-128067213
http://clay-creations.deviantart.com/art/Deidara-and-His-Creations-77614183
http://germancest-club.deviantart.com/art/Back-to-backby-Yato-girl-127623129

If anybody knows more about this person, or any kind of contact by any chance, I would deeply appreciate it. Thank you.

EDIT: I have found her and I have written a note to her. She has replied back to me, apologizing and that she would like to make up for it. She said she would send me the commissions she has done so far, INCLUDING sending money back to me by concealed cash. I will give her my mailing address and see how it will go.
Here is the screenshot of her note: http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc263/Shiroi-Hebi/missoverboard.jpg

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neolucky
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
I am curious as to what her age is. If she's a minor...then there's not much you can do about it. It sounds as though she is, and I fear you might not see that money back.
hebilea
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought so. I am still giving myself a little hope though, so as this community is here, I thought I should give it a try :)
sciuraamethysta
Jan. 9th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I also find myself curious as to whether or not she's a minor - that might make a lot of this make sense. :/ The only advice I can give you would be to contact other commissioners and see if any of them have managed to get refunds or get ahold of her somehow.

For what it's worth with her Deviantart, it seems the Wayback Machine managed to get a screenshot of her page in March of 2009. Not the time of your commission, I know, but there may yet be info to glean from it. Here's the link:

http://web.archive.org/web/20090330143448/http://yato-girl.deviantart.com/

Best of luck - this is seriously a shoddy situation to be in, especially with someone you once considered a friend.
hebilea
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
Who knows, because she never stated it on her dA, or I didn't notice it...
That wouldn't be a bad idea! Though my problem is that she did have up a table on her profile with some other people commissioning her, but I never thought of looking those names up....it was some time ago after all. That wayback machine is great, though I haven't found anything unfortunately..

BUT, the person, who commented under you MIGHT have found her other dA...that style is very similar to hers, but she was using only traditional, and this is more digital. So not sure..

Thank you so much though! I appreciate your help! :)
frazzled_niya
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC)
dunno if this is her or not.

did a search on some of her images one popped up on this website
http://flavorless.wokfoo.com/
said the artist was "Azusa Yokoyama"
and lists http://missoverboard.deviantart.com/

Don't know if someone tried to steal Yato's art or mistook her art for someone else...Or if she stole it from someone or if this is the same person. o_O;;;
hebilea
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Hmmm, that is interesting. Thank you so much!

It MIGHT be her, because the way she draws eyes, the mouth, even the faces, the style does look similar to yato-girl's...the only thingthat concerns me is that if that's her, I do not see any traditional art, which she posted on her old account all the time.

Another true fact, she is writing indeed that she lives in NY, or rather also grew up there and NY is exactly where I sent her the money for the commissions.

Also, when I look under the comments section on her profile page, there is one person posting that her art got posted on that flavorless site (but she didn't respond to that)...so I am not sure...maybe I could try to contact her through note?
frazzled_niya
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
:) welcome.

I hope something good works out of this if it is her.

Guess it wouldn't help to contact her through note, or maybe get someone else to?
hebilea
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Me too! Though I feel like I should ask another person to do it for me, if it's really her. Even if I kindly ask her what happened to my commissions, she might either not respond and ignore me, or she might lie that that's not her. I don't know, I might be thinking too deeply about this, but I think it would be safer to ask another person to do it...
frazzled_niya
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I thought this too =C...I feel kinda bad being so suspicious and cynical about people but I guess that's the way it is :\
hebilea
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
I do agree with you! I also have another person to help me out, so I will see how it will go :)
conigliomannaro
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
It surely looks like it's her. Style and all.
frazzled_niya
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
google images is still good for some things :)
hebilea
Jan. 12th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Good news! I have edited the post! She replied back to me, apologizing and wanting to refund my money. I guess I will give her my shipping address then. What do you think?
(I do not know if I should make a printscreen and show proof that she has responded back to me?)
shukivengeance
Jan. 12th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Adding a screenshot wouldn't hurt, and if you do receive the refund please update us so that I can tag this as resolved!
hebilea
Jan. 12th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Will do, thank you! :)
frazzled_niya
Jan. 12th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hmmm don't mark it resolved until you actually get the refund. But I'm glad it worked out :)
hebilea
Jan. 12th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Of course, it's resolved when I do get my refund :)
frazzled_niya
Jan. 13th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
:) I'm very happy that this information has been useful
marus_puppy
Jan. 10th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
If you sent her cash by mail, maybe you still have her address laying around? I realize it's been a while, but on the off chance you kept it (whether in a note or written down in an address book) you could send a letter to it to get in contact again. It seems like a long shot, but you never know.
hebilea
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
It has been a lot of years unfortunately, so I do not have her address anymore :(
marus_puppy
Jan. 12th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was a long shot. :( I'm sorry.
hebilea
Jan. 12th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I have written her a note and it seems it is her. She has apologized and would like to refund me (more things edited in post)
marus_puppy
Jan. 12th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you got in touch with her and appear to be getting your refund!
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