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  • Beware: Highberry

    Who: Highberry
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/highberry/
    https://twitter.com/Highberry
    https://www.patreon.com/highberryfur
    https://www.patreon.com/highberry
    When: 04/01/2019
    What: Commission


    On April 01, 2019, I began supporting the artist on their patreon, Highberryfur. The tier I had been subscribed as was to pay for a $160 commission, which was agreed upon with the artist, for context, the "Unit" in the conversation refers to a character within their closed universe, Mecha Musume. Throughout the course of the year, Highberry began to stop contacting their clients, myself included. It would usually take about two to three weeks to get a response from them, possibly more. This was a recurring situation with previous commissions as well, although not to the same extent. I have tried to contact the artist through different platforms: Discord, FurAffinity, Twitter, to no avail.
     
    During the first attempt to contact, on July 28, 2019, due to waiting and the artist inactivity, I had tried to claim the Patreon rewards by themselves as sketches, with no direct response. They sent a previous commission, and didn't reply to my question.


     

    Afterwards, I reattempted to contact the artist through FurAffinity on November 14, 2019, met with the same radio silence.

     
    It has more than three months since I last had contact with the artist, and still they had not asked for the idea of the commission, even though I had pressed them to discuss the idea I had. I had believed the artist to be simply inactive due to personal reasons, but it seems they've been avoiding FurAffinity, my main method of communication with them, meanwhile still being very active on other platforms, which leads me to believe that they're avoiding answering, due to the messages having been marked as read.
    Attached are the agreements and payments:




     








    Beware: Thyouo

    Who: Thyouo
    Where: https://toyhou.se/Thyouo
    https://www.instagram.com/thyouo/?hl=en
    https://www.deviantart.com/thyouo
    When: 04/21/2019
    What: Commission


    Around April I posted a thread on toyhouse asking if anyone could do a custom of my stardew valley character. Thyouo posted their art examples and seeing as I really liked what I saw, I reached out to them.

    We discussed the details and I paid for the custom on April 21st 2019 as shown by the invoice down below.

    However after three months of radio silence I was beginning to get worried, so sent I message asking for an update. At first we discussed me getting a refund, but at Thyouo's suggestion, I opted for them to finish my custom instead

    That was the last I heard from Thyouo. I've tried reaching out by sending them a message on toyhouse and via email but I haven't got any response.


    ive also tried contacting them on insta where theyre active but having gotten a response. 

    At this point there's nothing I can really do. I missed the window to do a paypal chargeback because it's been 7 months and it looks like Thyouo is dead on all of their accounts. All I can do is warn other people in case Thyouo pops up again. 

    Beware: Sen_the_folf

    Who: Sen Folf
    Where: https://twitter.com/Senthefolf
    https://www.instagram.com/sen.the.folf/
    https://www.tiktok.com/@sen.the.folf
    Telegram: sen_the_folf
    When: 12/24/2019
    What: Commission


    Sen contacted me through telegram on December 2nd to claim a YCH slot.
    The price was set to $15 for a slot, the last photo is the completed YCH.

    I sent myself his reference sheet on December 2nd, and finished the art the same day. 

     
    He contacts me on December 4th for a second commission but this time its for him and his GF sona. 
    I sent myself both reference sheets and complete the commission on December 6th, 


    On the exact dates I completed the commissions he posts both onto his Instagram

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    Chargebacks:
    On December 24th 2019 I received an email for Paypal explaining that Sen has opened a dispute against both transactions that I eventually lost on January 12th, 2020.

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    I contacted Sen multiple times explaining that he needs to cancel the disputes and that he was stealing from me, I also asked to delete the images from his IG. which he eventually did. 

     
    His Twitter: Senthefolf
    His Instagram: sen.the.folf
    His Telegram: sen_the_folf
    His TikTok: sen.the.folf

    Caution GunterKerr

    Who: DogShenanigans
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/gunterkerr/
    When: 07/08/2019
    What: Commission


    I  commissioned this artist on the 8th of July 2019, it was my birthday next month and i wanted to support an artist that i liked and I had just saw they were opening for comms which they usually only open for YCH. 

    So i message them on the submission then contacted them asking for an invoice instead of just paying straight to them, I was seeming to have issue with my paypal with another person so i wanted to make sure everything was working.

     
    So payment was sent after a hiccup of wrong payment type
     

     
    I knew it was going to take awhile cause they warn that in the original post, I didn't mind wait cause their work was so excellent. After a few months I didn't get any updates and i was just wondering where they were at so on 17th of October 2019 I sent them another message just asking for a general update.
     

     
    After their reassurance i was satisfied and continued on with my life, I ended up forgetting about it for awhile cause life got busy and with Christmas approaching. I think around another couple months I remembered and I got a little worried because they had said they would finish it in October and before then send me a WIP which they didnt.
     
    So on the 7th of January 2020 I sent a message asking for a refund, I didn't mind waiting but I no longer trusted them after they said they were going to finish it in October and then not delivering, plus the character I was getting commissioned of had changed in that time.
     
     

     
    So I got a reply and now I am just waiting for a refund, but I just want to warn others or have proof for other people that may be waiting for art from them and be getting bad feelings in their gut.
     

     
    I'll update when I get the refund.

    Caution: oscilloceans

    Who: oscilloceans
    Where: https://twitter.com/oscilloceans
    https://oscilloceans.carrd.co/
    When: 10/05/2019
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content Resolved
    On Oct. 5, I saw the artist's post on twitter advertising that their commissions were open:

     
    I reached out to them over Twitter DMs to inquire and to work out the whole commission. You can see that I asked for the sketch with rough colour.

    Cross referencing with their website, it states that it would look in quality and size as this. Therefore I was expecting a full body piece.

     
    The artist sent the invoice that I paid for promptly. 


     
    You can see in the twitter DMs above but I will reattach again to explain: I reached out a few months later to ask about the status of the commission. I had understood that it would take a while to complete and was in no rush but wanted some form of an update. I stated as well that I did not mind if it took longer to do, I simply wanted information on the commission and its status to know if the artist still intended on working on it at all.

     
    The artist finally sent an update. Here, the image sent is a knee-up. At this point, I understand that it should have been on me to confirm if it would have been full body but I (foolishly) assumed that it would be just like the examples on their website. A day after this update was sent, I received the image through email.

     

     
    While I did receive the image in the end, the quality of the piece was much worse than the ones advertised and was not a full body.
    This is what I received:

    This is a better view of the images that were advertised on the artist's website under "SKETCH", also at $35 with +$5 for the rough colour. There is clearly a huge style, cleanliness, and detail discrepancy between the commission I received and the ones advertised. 

     
    Overall, I was incredibly disappointed with the end result and how both the quality and the type of commission did not match what was advertised and what I had paid for. I understood that the artist may have had to take longer on the piece (stated on their rules/ToS) but I wanted to reach out to get an update. I felt that I had waited a decent amount of time to warrant the messages (artist also states on their website that status updates are allowed to be asked for, just not daily) and I had complied and did not ask daily. I waited 2 months before contacting after the initial payment and then another week before sending the next message. 

    Beware @Lillyandrina (SL: Lillyandrina)

    Who: Lillyandrina
    Where: Second Life: Lillyandrina
    Discord: Lillyandrina#6786
    Twitter: @Lillyandrina
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/lillyandrina
    When: 01/05/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    On January 5th, I had entered into an agreement for a custom texture/skin commission usable in Second Life for the amount of 19k L$ (Approx $75). This was to include a full body texture for both the male and female version of my silver fox character, of which references were provided. Additionally, this project was to include textures for two heads (Canis and Doggo), ears, legs, and implied related typical components. The estimated wait time that was given was 2 weeks.
    The artist replied via discord on Jan 8th to mention various family-related problems  and other issues that was pose a delay, but then contacted me on Jan 10th to tell me the project was "almost done." No WIPs were provided prior to this statement, and I'd seen no work whatsoever. WIPs were explicitly mentioned when we first discussed the project.
    I was eventually provided some images while out on mobile where I tried to direct concerns about missing or erroneous markings and details. At no point through the process of edits did I approve a final version, as she had also indicated that the "blending" and fur "texture" would be added layer. Regardless, she delivered a "final product" while I was not available to comment or reply, and when asked about it, verified that she felt the project was complete.
    Inspection of the delivered items showed no inclusion of the male version of the skin. Further, no applier was included for the Canis or Doggo heads. This is especially problematic as the Canis requires one unless a user can somehow manually apply the texture to every single possible animated state of the head one state at a time; simply dragging and dropping the texture on the head only applies it to the specific state it is. This makes the texture for the head largely unusable on its own. The colors of the delivered skin did not match expectations or references, nor did the markings and patterns, especially on the head (at least visible in the single, static 'frame' shown when the head is dropped on the ground). No textures for ears were included, nor were any for 3rd party legs or tail (nor did she even ask which of any of these I wanted to use). Genitals were crudely painted on the female body skin, which are entirely not necessary (and conflict) with the 3rd party body that I had stated I use; this was not a detail that was requested, nor were they shown on the few WIP images I did receive.
    When confronted and asked whether this was supposed to be the final version, they replied with "yup" and a laughing face, then took insult when I attempted to express my dissatisfaction with the result or pointed out missing components, including making a statement of "I don't cater to customers who insult my work." They claimed several times through the resulting conversation that I "approved" her work, but after repeatedly disagreeing with her on that, she went the route of implying that my lack of immediate response or not telling her to stop was considered by her as approval. The notion that a customer can be busy at work, driving their car, or otherwise being physically unavailable to comment and have that used as a substitute for explicit approval should be cause for alarm for any potential customer.
    A refund was requested, even partial, to which the artist immediately stated "in my tos it states once a product is done I don't offer refunds." This notion is in dispute as I did not accept or approve of a finished state of the project, nor did we ever agree to any "terms of service" anywhere in our conversation. The user has blocked my communications with them on SL, Discord, and Twitter, refusing any possibility for further contact.
    I have deleted the items from my inventory, as well as any items they were applied to as part of my own agreement regarding this issue. A fraud report has been filed with Linden Labs.
    Screenshots:









     











    Beware: TTV_Impius_Gaming

    Who: TTV_Impius_Gaming
    Where: Discord: TTV_Impius_Gaming
    https://twitter.com/TTVImpiusGaming
    When: 09/24/2019
    What: Commission


    The client appeared in one of my Picarto livestreams and was impressed by my work. The client asked about my commission prices which I told the client to private message me on discord so that we could talk about it. The client messaged me and I've submitted my link and this person asked if I do logo designs of which I've told the client "Yes I do but the prices vary depending on the complexity" They gave me ideas of what they wanted and I've worked on the idea via Picarto stream since I requested that I could work on the idea live.

    During the process, the client did make inappropriate signals that I've brushed off as my main focus was to get the job done. Once the project was completed, I've showed the client the final results of which they've approved it.


     
    I've asked for payment and that's when things got ugly as the client made tons of excuses as to why they couldn't pay off the full amount. I asked that they could put down 50% of what I asked for and another amount the next time the person got paid..... They've only sent 25% of what was asked for then disappeared until recently of 2020 when the client bragged about their new office setup. So once I've spoke up the, client made another excuse of why they couldn't pay off the amount asked.

     
     
     

    Beware Zonoya the Wolf

    Who: Zonoya The Wolf / Lori Peters
    Where: https://www.facebook.com/lori.peter.77
    https://twitter.com/deadly_bloodsky
    https://www.instagram.com/fallen_stars_arrow/
    https://www.instagram.com/lori.peter.77
    https://aminoapps.com/u/zonoya_wolf
    https://twitter.com/Zonoya_wolf8762
    When: 01/08/2020
    What: Commission


    On the date December 31st, 2019 I was messaged by Lori Peters for a commission of a headshot. The headshot I advertised only cost $10 USD at that current time. She claimed interest for the headshot, asking if I was still open for commissions. I explained to her that I was, but it would be a 2-3 day turn around time. Normally, I do send invoices but she did ask me for my e-mail. I informed her that it would be $10 USD. 
    She verbalized understanding w/o question, and sent a picture verifying that payment was sent. Upon the verification, I then had informed her that I would start the piece. I had sent multiple works in progress once she had sent the reference to me. Once the piece was completed, I sent it to the e-mail address that she asked for me to send it to. That was the end of the transaction. I thanked her for choosing to do business with me, and that the transaction was indeed complete. 
    Today, on January 1st, 2020 I recieved an e-mail from (I am not putting the person's name out there due to the wishes of not wanting their name out there). The E-mail states
     "Hi there Danielle,
    My name is ------ and I have been scammed by your niece, Lori.
    On the 31st I sent $15 to your PayPal as Lori’s request - I used this email address.
    She had sold me a character on Instagram that was not hers to sell as she did not own. This is scamming.
    I politely request that you send the $15 back to me or I may have to raise this with PayPal as a scam and it may block your PayPal account.
    I really am sorry as you’re probably not aware that she has scammed multiple people using your PayPal. Also I do apologise as it isn’t your fault but I really would rather to settle this between us.
    Thank you,
    ---------." 
    So upon my confusion, I stated that I do not have a niece named Lori. Which, in reality I am a 21 year old. I do have a 16 year old niece, but she does not associate with the fandom what so ever, and she does not use paypal. After putting the pieces together --- this is what happened. 
    Lori claimed to be me, while her and my transaction were going on and sent my paypal to this person for an adopt that they had no right in selling. The person sent the payment to my paypal thinking that I was Lori's Aunt or Lori herself. While I was thinking it was Lori that sent the payment to me. 
    Pictures are attached. I am currently resolving this issue, as I did not have any knowledge before hand about this issue until today (after) artwork was completed. So, now I am attempting to hash this all out. 

    The e-mail that is on there, shows proof of her claiming to be me to get the transaction process started. My e-mail is public knowledge. 



















    Beware: Gazongas

    Who: gazongas
    Where: https://www.deviantart.com/gazongas
    https://toyhou.se/ForestPill/characters
    When: 08/24/2019
    What: Commission


    So, the artist initially had posted an emergency 20 art pieces for 50 dollars deal in order to get medical treatment for their pet rats. Originally I was told I'd get extra 10 stickers, and/or an icon. I was told I'd get a refund after 30 days if 10/20 weren't finished. Over a few months I received a few sketches, but nothing was ever completed. I was promised a refund on 11/10/2019, but on that date he told me his job didn't work out, and it wasn't worth getting a job until the summer. I opened a paypal dispute and offered to let him do 10 of the original 20 (or 30 if you countthe extras he promised me) . After he refused to try I asked him to do 3 fullbody pics (same quality as stickers,no background)  and one fullbody with a background. Again, I received sketches but nothing finished. I was asked to cancel my dispute as it was stressing him, and ultimately he never finished anything, and provided paypal a fraudulent tracking number with my digital art. He has since gone against his word and completely stopped working...
    My bank is pending a result on 01/13/2020 for my dispute. Any advice as to how I can get a refund for sure, or how I can get some art or something? This has been over 4 months I haven't seen this money. Unless he refunds me in the summer or my dispute pull through I dont think I'll ever see my monies again


    Mod note:  We had to censor some extremely personal information that the OP missed on censoring.

    Beware ivybethblige

    Who: ivybethblige
    Where: https://twitter.com/ivybethblige
    When: 07/18/2019
    What: Commission


    The Artist was taking commissions back in July and I desired to get one. It started off well with me giving references and then the exchange of payment came through. after a little bit I had asked on a progress update(Prob could of waited longer on that first update request), a few days later they do reply. No big deal they were busy with life. I wait longer and still no word, I ask again for any sort of update. No response for awhile, assuming more life stuff I decide to wait more. Then over the course of 6 months it has been attempts of getting any sort of update and met with pure silence.






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