whendigo (whendigo) wrote in artists_beware,
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Sort of New, in need of some advice.

I didn't use the format because I don't want to official post about someone here. I'm more of just looking for advice on the situation.

I was contacted by a potential client for a badge during a sale I was having. They were speaking in a mix of broken English and chat speak, but I've had clients who communicate that way before in the past and didn't put too much thought into it. I did the usual of sending them my Terms of Service, payment explanation and such, but when it came time for them to send payment they suddenly backed out. From what I can see, they gave me no real reason for it, but just suddenly declined the payment and sent me a note saying that they wanted to withdraw the commission.
I thought it might have just been a lack of funds or "buyers remorse", but a few minutes later they posted on my page saying that I was doing the commission, and then a few moments directly after sent me another message confirming that they would not be following through with the commission (which, I'll be honest, I was a little relieved because the communication was so poor that I had to ask them for their reference five times).
I clicked to their page and realized that the account is completely new and that they've been messaging a mass array of artists looking for work. I'm not sure if this is a red flag or not? I've never had something like this happen before. I mean, I've had clients realize they didnt have the funds, but I've never had anyone back out, and then make a public announcement that I was doing their commission for them right afterward. I can't help but feel like they're looking for artists who will being work before payment is received. Maybe I'm reading too deeply into it though, which is why I didn't want to post the username.


Also, on an unrelated note, is it okay to post positive reviews of commissioners here?

Thank you all so much for your help, opinions and advice!
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