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Beware: Fursuit Scammer

WHO:
GHJoseph@hotmail.com / hamsiklez / akikemono

WHERE:
The person has no fursuit galleries to speak of and refused to link to any. The only link I have is his tumblr from which the client inquired about a commission from. http://akikemono.tumblr.com Upon further research of his real name from his email address, we found these other places.
https://www.facebook.com/Hamsiklez?fref=ts
http://www.furbuy.com/seller/Hamsiklez.html?as=p
http://www.ebay.com/usr/hamsiklez
http://hamsiklez.deviantart.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/Hamsiklez/about

WHAT:
Hello, I go by Sheppymomma/Katmomma/MommasHaus. I want to make the community aware that this person is using a photo of my fursuit items and claiming them as his own work to try and scam someone into commissioning them. Fortunately, the client that contacted me recognized my work and was thoughtful enough to contact me before they gave this person money.


WHEN:
I was contacted tonight, 1/22/14 around 10:30pm EST

PROOF:
I received an anonymous ask on my tumblr from a client who had been out looking for someone to commission a fursuit from. They were offered 200 for a realistic head and was told by the person that they'd done both heads with the exception of the eyes on the toony head.
http://i43.tinypic.com/aoaqs2.png
The client then forwarded me the email this person had sent to her.

Both of the heads sent in the email are my German shepherd heads. The photo file in the email was taken from my furaffinity.
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/10210761/ (image in email: must be logged in to see)
Images of both heads if not logged in:
http://katmomma.deviantart.com/art/Longhair-German-Shepherd-259720911
http://mommashaus.tumblr.com/post/55900537868/from-tigerstripephotography

EXPLAIN:
The proof explains. But please, fursuit makers, it might be a really good idea to always have your website name or a watermark on your photos when showcasing your work. Sometimes cropping can get around this but it's worth a try. Thanks for taking a look. I hope this guy does not continue to do this to others.
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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
oceandezignz
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:21 am (UTC)
Mod Note
Hi! You're post was allowed to go through, but we'd like you to omit the real name, and instead replace it with the email, as that's extremely important info!

Thanks much.
marilyncole
Jan. 26th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Mod Note
I am out of town and not at my computer. When I return, I will make edits to the email image. I'd like to make note that he uses his real first name on his tumblr.
arphalia
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:32 am (UTC)
Just wanted to add that I tossed the email through a google search and came up with a couple other sales posts connected to it.

MLP:FIM charms: http://denver.listlux.com/a,28,159224,Performance-Bicycle-Bikes-Aloft-bike-holders-stands----75--.htm

Homemade adult diapers, on a forum connected to a NSFW site so consider this link NSFW: http://www.dailydiapers.com/board/index.php?showtopic=37121&page=1

Can't tell one way or another if they ever delivered on these though.
eenyuwolf
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! I always try to put my logo on all my fursuit work, but it's always a good reminder that there are people like this out there.

Hopefully no one falls for their scam!
scamps
Jan. 26th, 2014 10:25 am (UTC)
Really glad the potential buyer recognized the heads, If he had of bought fursuit items I have a feeling she/he would have cut and run with the money, really shady, I hope nobody actually falls for this scam D:
norsepaw
Jan. 26th, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
I belive YiffyDexter have done something familier, by showing other peopels foam bases for her customers.
exo_formicidae
Jan. 27th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
It's seems to be a little in the past (June/Aug 2013). but maybe contact furbuy? It seemed they managed to scam someone for $400 from the comments and feedback left.
kaltiaem
Feb. 23rd, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
Sorry to call you a liar but I don't think that's really Aki. I've commissioned a suit from him and when we were discussing details he never sent a picture of those heads saying he made them. I've been getting WIPs and such of my fursuit as well. I really think you're speaking with someone that's posing as him.
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