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WHO: pn09/pnine

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/pn09/ (recently disabled)
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/pnine/ (also disabled now)
https://www.weasyl.com/~pn09

WHAT: He had opened up a commission journal for theme commissions. He had a wonderful style and the price was rather good, so I decided to get a couple. As with most times, I used the note system with it - here those are with only the description cut out of each (as it isn't necessary)


http://i.imgur.com/3AVOI0i.png
http://i.imgur.com/bUcOi59.png
http://i.imgur.com/cGMbu4e.png
http://i.imgur.com/90yzR9H.png
http://i.imgur.com/JcGvR7f.png
http://i.imgur.com/vTsbNaG.png

which I paid - http://i.imgur.com/W015JtU.jpg

then a few more notes

http://i.imgur.com/CpVS4XS.png
http://i.imgur.com/iZSb23q.png
http://i.imgur.com/UnLiJpC.png - the last communication I received

WHEN: The journal was posted in late July I believe. All of my notes and things starting the process (including payment) happened on August 1st as documented in the images. I gave it a while; I wasn't in any rush and I know folks have lives beyond furry.

The real start for concern, however, was when he posted about being hacked on January 13 - http://i.imgur.com/rgc4CKx.jpg - and he was moving to a new account because of it.

EXPLAIN: Expanding on the ~when~, I noted his new account. http://i.imgur.com/Z5aq99N.png to which he read it, but never responded. After a few weeks, I was getting tired of things, so I decided to just ask for a refund. http://i.imgur.com/CL1XWa5.png He never read this note, however. (http://i.imgur.com/AQAESjI.jpg) He posted that his new account had been hacked as well and said he moved to weasyl, which I sent a note there as well (no screenshot, but will provide if interested. It said the same thing as the refund note).

Some days before (and also another reason I was looking for a refund), he posted a journal saying he was selling his characters - http://i.imgur.com/pUaF2DL.png - on his 'hacked' accounts. He apparently sold one to someone, I don't have a screenshot of this since the page was disabled before I thought of it. However, there was no more action on his weasyl or FAs for a couple of months.

Then, this journal happens suddenly in the beginning of March - http://i.imgur.com/9nwup8J.png - which perplexes people since, again, his account was supposedly hacked. With some glimmer of hope, though, I send an e-mail (again, no screenshot, but can provide if needed) asking the same thing as my notes, for a refund. There was, again, no reply to it nor to anyone else's request, I suppose. The shouts on his primary FA got plenty of callouts for owed art/money/running away to which this happens - http://i.imgur.com/9yQ8gWD.jpg - where some people (unsure if just close friends or him under a different account) spam the page to remove all of the evidence. Those two posts up top were there for a couple of days, then he ended up disabling the page as well.

And that is the whole tale from my point of view. I am sure my money is gone for good along with many other's, but I wanted to have some evidence in case he ever returns. Thank you for reading.

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( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
kestral_kitsune
Apr. 20th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
esh, kinda looks like he's just doing a dfe and running 0-0 even the tumblrs gone
silv3x
Apr. 21st, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
His request to send the payment as a gift (and without any notice!) was a really huge beware.
celestinaketzia
Apr. 21st, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Definitely scammery to ask for it as a gift as you can't file a chargeback on it.
feenaskunk
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
Eh, I have had several artists use it before to skip out on fees and things with no troubles. Guess I ran into a bad time this one!
magicporpoise
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Isnt skipping out on fees by using the 'gift' option not permitted on paypal?
feenaskunk
Apr. 22nd, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Well, I phrased that wrong somewhat, I suppose. The sender pays the fee instead of the receiver when it is a gift. That's always been my take on it, anyways.
lackoflollies
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Still not allowed to do that, according to paypal policy.

I always have people send as services rendered, and have the fee taken from the commission profit. I never, ever ask someone to send extra. If an artist does, I cancel my commission immediately and take my business elsewhere.
celestinaketzia
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
As per Paypal ToS the fees are the responsibility of the seller. They're a part of running a business and you should never pay them. It removes any and all protection from you as the buyer. If your issues with an artist happened to fall within the timeframe to file a dispute, Paypal would automatically side in the artist's favor because it was a "gift".
moondoge
Apr. 23rd, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
hi, this is aurabeedit from FA

I also got scammed too, i won a raffle in august 2013 from him and waited for it, at the end he said he got hacked trough notes and said would finish before he leaves. That never happened, he read the notes but never responded.







I left his friend a shout ( which got deleted after ) with a warning and this is what i got from the user:




Hello! And thank you for your concern, but if you are going to ask me something like that I would have preferred a privet message, as it is a more mature way of contacting me about a matter such as that~ :)
Not to be rude ^_^ I am a very nice person and I am not one to argue or "troll" or w.e people do nowadays.

I simply didn't feel it was right to have people post his Facebook on his page~
I understand you and many others have issues with him with art and need contact but,

Just because I am his friend doesn't mean you and everyone else needs to bring negative statements to me on my profile or elsewhere. I am his friend and he is my
Best friend, I'm not going to explain his whole life story but he just got done with minor surgery last I heard a month ago~ I don't talk to him as much as I'd like to myself

I can't get a hold of him most of the time it takes him days to reply to me even weeks
So please it's not like he's on the internet being an ass
He is in a weird situation in rl~

I didn't have to explain myself and I shouldn't have to. But for the sake of peace I'm sending you this message :)

Just as everyone iv told, I can not help you or anyone else contact someone else I know

Is silly.
I have a life and I'm not in charge of someone else's agenda

But I hope we have
No hard feelings ~

Sorry for the inconvenience~


And this how i replied:
-If you are his friend, it would be nice to know that RIGHT AWAY for everybody who requested art for money or other goods, because people go trought scamming often in here, and its not a thing you should take easily, it many times ended in court trial or even prison time, for fraud of not completing the service that was contracted. But its too late, people already "believe" that they got scammed, and its not just one-two people, it is several and it had been reported. Like leaving a message about his issue in his page instead of flooding with messages to hide the people's cry. And iy is not something to be taken in private, if its not a fraud, let a PUBLIC message in his page then so everybody can see what is actually going on, I have many circle of individuals talking about this topic. If there is nothing to hide that is a fraud, show it then, people got desperate already, they need an answer, leaving then in ignorance will only do worse to your friend's reputation. Trust me, I've seen it before, and it will end bad for him if nothing is going to be done about his frustrated customers. (Im tecnically one of them because winning a prize from him and leaving me with nothing, is equal to a lie, i dont like liars). Im going to look if this is going to be fixed because ive dealt with fraudeus people here before, and admins are on my side about it.



The answer:
-I understand, but I am sorry I can not help you~ This situation does not involve me, As I do not owe you art and I simply can not help you in this matter, I really can't, ~ I am not taking this lightly~ but do not see the need for panic or hostility~I am not the artist who promised these people things, and there's no way of me being able to really change anything if I can't really contact him myself? I'm not a real life friend so I can't just show up to his place? Iv contacted him already on this matter already so I really have no power over this situation~ I'm sorry~ he lived in a whole different country then I do.






Sigh, he is running with peoples money and lies, his friends are also hiding claiming they have nothing to do with his despite being his friend -irony-. He disabled his page meaning he is active and hiding

His friends DID get involved in the moment they hid the comments with spam

Edited at 2014-04-23 11:22 am (UTC)
devildove
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I actually disagree with you here. Association/friendship with an artist shouldn't automatically obligate one to deal with that person's business transactions. Your issue is with the pnine, not their friend, and I too would hide call-out comments on my page if they had nothing to do with me, simply because it's bringing drama to a place where it's unwelcome.
feenaskunk
Apr. 25th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think what they are saying is that the friends got involved when they spammed the artist's page to hide comments like in the last image in my journal post. I can agree with callout comments on their own page, but answering a note about their actions hiding their friend's own poor choices is called for, I believe, since they took the effort to hide things on said friend's page.
moondoge
Apr. 25th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
You had expressed my words precisely
devildove
Apr. 25th, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see what you mean, I misunderstood! I apologize if I caused offense.
moondoge
Apr. 25th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
None taken <3 glad everything is sorted out
moondoge
May. 11th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
I found one of old shouts of pn09 that responded to me after i let him realise that he is hiding evidence trough his friends.
The real question is, is he REALLY doing it?

http://s28.postimg.org/d3pcqe44t/pn09_pretending_to_work.png
feenaskunk
May. 12th, 2014 05:10 am (UTC)
Hmm! Well, I have yet to hear anything on my e-mail, so I consider it pretty doubtful. :(
moondoge
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Pn09's weasyl account recently got emptied, he is active and hiding. -dissapointed-
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