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BEWARE/ TheForgottenFriends

WHO: TheForgottenFriends

WHERE: http://theforgottenfriends.deviantart.com
http://instagram.com/pinkerton_design
http://theforgottenfriends.weebly.com/

WHAT: art doll custom



I found this artist last year and understandably fell in love with their artwork. I inquired about a commission and he responded with that hes open for commissions and advised me on the total for the request I had in mind. He quoted me for $300. That is a big chunk of change in one go so we came to an agreement for a payment plan. I commissioned him Oct 2013 and finished paying middle of December 2013 and didn't expect work to get started till well after the holidays. He reassured me that because it was a simple request that it should get done pretty fast.

This artist has had me wait for almost 8 months now and has shown me NO evidence that my commission is getting done or worked on. I would drop a note once every month or so as to not come off as being pushy since great artwork does take time. However, being strung along like this is what is prompting me to warn other people about commissioning this artist.

I've submitted a montage of our conversations. Its really straight forward but his stalling and seemingly unwillingness to even provide me with any photos of work being accomplished in order to gain my trust is what has me unsettled on top of being told things like it'll be done in a couple weeks or it'll be shipped next week (implying its completed?)

I kick myself for not screen capping his Facebook page when I decided to dig at his other sites in the hopes of seeing any progress photos of my artwork as he seldom updates his Deviantart. Upon my discovery, found a user on his FB page leave a very upset comment wondering why the artist hasn't responded to their emails and request for a refund and warn other people from commissioning him. This is why I'm more concerned on my behalf as I do not feel I am the only person having issues.


Draft1

Sta.sh link http://sta.sh/015i2aqplklo


As of 05AUG14, two days after the artist read my last note, they have not started to issue my refund nor responded to my note in any way. I have since gotten in touch with my bank as promised as I'm well beyond my 45 day window with PayPal.

I had hoped to never need to post an Artist Beware article but I am not willing to allow other people to fall into this position with this artist when it comes to their hard earned money.
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snobahr
Aug. 9th, 2014 06:54 am (UTC)
Ugh. That stinks. I hope it gets resolved to your satisfaction. Ideally, with the doll, but, at least, some manner of refund :(
zombiehun
Sep. 17th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
ugh, no. thats not going to happen. I just submitted a comment on this thread that is an update on the current situation.
zombiehun
Sep. 17th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Update on events
I felt it necessary to update this to show that this has been a continuing issue. Upon closer inspection (after I submitted my initial entry) it has come to my attention that this artist is a genuine criminal. I say that literally. He has a history that dates back as far as 2009 about accepting money from customers, commissions, and even pre-made artwork and never delivering on his end of the bargain (which could account for why his Etsy shop is locked)

I have found him on the BBB under PinkertonFX and see that I am not the only person that has currently been scammed. I run into other victims via Instagram and they are having the same issue.

I have contacted my bank but they feel that its too dated of a transaction to force a charge-back and of course paypal wont as its well beyond the 45 day window.

The only resolution that I will be pleased with is this man seeing the inside of a prison cell for consumer fraud and internet fraud for each person he has stolen money from.

Despite him blocking me, deleting my comments and continuing to ignore me, string me along and his other victims, I will be perusing legal action in the best possible way. If anybody reading this has any advice you can offer me, please, I implore you to send me a note. This person will never stop doing what he does.

** SHOULD YOU BE IN A CURRENT TRANSACTION WITH JOHN PINKERTON AND YOU ARE WITHIN YOUR 45 DAY WINDOW WITH PAYPAL, FILE A DISPUTE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU PAID WITH CREDIT CARD, DISPUTE THE CHARGE. JOHN PINKERTON IS A CRIMINAL **

Edited at 2014-09-18 01:19 am (UTC)
celestinaketzia
Sep. 18th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Mod Comment
Please watch the number of edits you do. Every edit, no matter how minor, is emailed to every moderator. As you can imagine, our inboxes get full very quickly.
zombiehun
Sep. 18th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: Mod Comment
i am SO SORRY T_T I had no idea you were getting notices every single time.

it was a combination of misspellings and what I felt was bad grammer. I think i'm done officially. again, i apologize.
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