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Artists, have you ever been scammed by a client?

Artists, have you ever been scammed by a client?


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Vinfang

Indie Game Artist / Telegram: vinfang
Here is the story... I just got scammed.

Client paid $60 out of $480 and is deleting herself on FA after she got busted ( I showed her the copied response from the 3rd party helpdesk )

I would probably remember this forever, because this is the first time it has happened to me.

This is awful :[

To be honest, I almost dodged this mess.
she 1st posted on FA under another name.
I declined.

Then a month later, she petended to be a studio. I lost my regular income due to the pandemic, and was desperate, so I accepted the job.

This is despicable and insulting. She wasted me weeks, when I should be working on my regular clients. (He agrees that I prioritize this over his project. )
 
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Kiaara

The Catbee!
I ALMOST did! I refused to give them the final product (3 ref sheets, honestly I should have seen this coming but that was my last and second ever commission and I was just happy someone liked my art!)
There were a few red flags
1. Kept asking me over and over again about the cost (like it was gonna change???)
2. Kept wanting me to send the full completed drawing before payment, but got a bit short when I put my watermark over it multiple times to ensure no art theft
3. Got VERY mad when I wouldn't give them all three before payment then went to the discord server I MOD for, I am good friend with the owner and many of our frequent members, and started saying I was a bad artist and calling me toxic and other bullshit. She got banned pretty quickly because from what I heard this wasn't her first time. I don't have the power to ban as a mod, only mute for a certain amount of time, so that order came straight from the owner.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
I'm sorry this happened to you~.

I'm glad you got paid /something/ first. I hope that they didn't snatch your art before then. Thats horrible. vAv

I haven't been scammed before, but thats because I use a business PayPal. Theres a level of protection. I had someone during my day job try to scam me out of money, but Paypal actually came in on my behalf since I had all the work documented.

Also because I've had stellar work over the nearly 7 years I've had the account. Paypal has made a lot of money off of my transactions, but it's so worth it.
 

Toasty9399

Above Earth
I could've scammed somebody. They sent me the final image before I paid the final half payment. Keep in mind it was a 120$ commission, so I could've gotten away with only paying 60. I paid of course, I'm not an asshole.
 

Vinfang

Indie Game Artist / Telegram: vinfang
I could've scammed somebody. They sent me the final image before I paid the final half payment. Keep in mind it was a 120$ commission, so I could've gotten away with only paying 60. I paid of course, I'm not an asshole.

I offer her payment plan of $60 before and after each complete set, because the total cost is great. Her money bounced multiple times, and she claimed that the money went through, until I got evidence otherwise. then she ghosted.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
I offer her payment plan of $60 before and after each complete set, because the total cost is great. Her money bounced multiple times, and she claimed that the money went through, until I got evidence otherwise. then she ghosted.
Her money bounced on PayPal?
 

BunBunArt

Princess Bunny ♥
I'm always afraid of PayPal although it's what I use... I've been thinking several times to get a business account x.x
I was scammed many times before I became a freelance artist because I didn't ask for upfront payment, so I usually finished a sketch or ink and they would go away with it not paying.
That's basically why now I don't even lift up the pen until the invoices are paid...
 

Vinfang

Indie Game Artist / Telegram: vinfang
Her money bounced on PayPal?
no, she claimed to not have PayPal, and want to use some other Cash app (won't work, because I have no US bank account), I eventually agreed to work for bandcamp giftcards as a work around, because I want to support some of my favorite musicians during this awful time.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
I'm always afraid of PayPal although it's what I use... I've been thinking several times to get a business account x.x
I was scammed many times before I became a freelance artist because I didn't ask for upfront payment, so I usually finished a sketch or ink and they would go away with it not paying.
That's basically why now I don't even lift up the pen until the invoices are paid...
I would deeeefintely get a PayPal business account. I've been using them for some years now and they've gotten a lot better about how they treat their businesses.

I just would not store my money there.
 

BunBunArt

Princess Bunny ♥
I would deeeefintely get a PayPal business account. I've been using them for some years now and they've gotten a lot better about how they treat their businesses.

I just would not store my money there.

Do you pay much fee for that? Normal invoice already takes like 4% fee of the total... >.<
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
no, she claimed to not have PayPal, and want to use some other Cash app (won't work, because I have no US bank account), I eventually agreed to work for bandcamp giftcards as a work around, because I want to support some of my favorite musicians during this awful time.
Oh thats skeettchy~. Good on you, supporting other artists though.

I use Google Pay instead sometimes.
 

Vinfang

Indie Game Artist / Telegram: vinfang
I'm always afraid of PayPal although it's what I use... I've been thinking several times to get a business account x.x
I was scammed many times before I became a freelance artist because I didn't ask for upfront payment, so I usually finished a sketch or ink and they would go away with it not paying.
That's basically why now I don't even lift up the pen until the invoices are paid...

Haha, easier said then done. My tattoo clients always promised to show up and get an apprentice tattoo from me, but took off with a shot of my finished sketch / template to elsewhere.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Do you pay much fee for that? Normal invoice already takes like 4% fee of the total... >.<
I write my fees off as a Cost of (Goods) sold, since I do taxes for all of my work together. vAv It's just part of doing business.

The fee provides security, though. If someone tries to ask for a refund after delivery, Paypal can block them from stealing your money. This literally saved me in the past because I was working with a really flakey lady who was adamant about stealing from my (day) job.

It's actually 2.9% for business accounts for invoices.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Haha, easier said then done. My tattoo clients always promised to show up and get an apprentice tattoo from me, but took off with a shot of my finished sketch / template to elsewhere.
Thats horrid~. You don't charge for sketches? I certainly would. A good $75 USD for consultation/sketch. Even $30 USD...
 

BunBunArt

Princess Bunny ♥
Haha, easier said then done. My tattoo clients always promised to show up and get an apprentice tattoo from me, but took off with a shot of my finished sketch / template to elsewhere.

A friend of mine is a tattoo...tattooer? And artist, he charges upfront like 30% for the art so if the client doesn't show up, at least he didn't loose everything. It still sucks when they don't appear because that hour/s are kind of lost -.- ugh
 

BunBunArt

Princess Bunny ♥
I write my fees off as a Cost of (Goods) sold, since I do taxes for all of my work together. vAv It's just part of doing business.

The fee provides security, though. If someone tries to ask for a refund after delivery, Paypal can block them from stealing your money. This literally saved me in the past because I was working with a really flakey lady who was adamant about stealing from my (day) job.

It's actually 2.9% for business accounts for invoices.

Aaaah I always thought users could just ask for the money back and get out with it. I just took a commission from a new site, they paid quite a lot and I was super surprised... they didn't care to look at my portfolio, didn't want more examples of my work, didn't care to read my terms... they just paid the invoice super fast and asked for the art.
I was worried I would do the art and they would ask for the money back o_O It didn't happen though... but I think a business account might help me feel more secure! I will look into it! Thanks <3
 

Vinfang

Indie Game Artist / Telegram: vinfang
Thats horrid~. You don't charge for sketches? I certainly would. A good $75 USD for consultation/sketch. Even $30 USD...

Part of apprentice duty, If a client walked in, and asked for something, you look up references and draw them a sketch. they can chicken out anytime. I can't tattoo any walkin anyways, because they are the shop's clients.

As an apprentice who doesn't have many real-life friends or want to do self experimentation, I rely on word of mouth and internet, I have to show a fairly polished something before anyone agrees to even come to shop.
 
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PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Part of apprentice duty, If a client walked in, and asked for something, you look up references and draw them a sketch. they can chicken out anytime. I can't tattoo any walkin anyways, because they are the shop's clients.

As an apprentice who doesn't have many real-life friends or want to do self experimentation, I rely on word of mouth and internet, I have to show a fairly polished something before anyone agrees to even come to shop.
Right but you should at least charge for the sketch. Obvs, yea, they aren't gonna let you tat but they should at least pay for your time/thr design.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Aaaah I always thought users could just ask for the money back and get out with it. I just took a commission from a new site, they paid quite a lot and I was super surprised... they didn't care to look at my portfolio, didn't want more examples of my work, didn't care to read my terms... they just paid the invoice super fast and asked for the art.
I was worried I would do the art and they would ask for the money back o_O It didn't happen though... but I think a business account might help me feel more secure! I will look into it! Thanks <3
They can for regular accounts.
Theres buyer/seller protection if you have a business account, though.

The only thing is that you have to be careful drawing NSFW art. Paypal doesn't cover "pornography" that includes drawn works.
 

Garshasp

Member
I have been ghosted on payments because (I am assuming) that they did not like the progress reports! I usually get employed to do monsters and horror illustrations, and I take forever so I make the mistake of not accepting payments until we are in agreement on the final design before I start inking. I stopped altogether because I just don't know how to manage it without getting super aggravated. I wish people who put the commission in knew what exactly it is they want and to grow a pair to let me know what needs to change! I am so easy to work with its ridiculous.
 

faepaintings

Active Member
I haven't been scammed yet. Only... let's call it borderline scammed. I once had a client that refused to give me all details about their character and the accessoiries beforehand and as I sketched and proceeded, they came up with more and more ideas to add everytime I showed them the progress. I then broke up the commission and refrained from it. I don't lift the pen anymore before I don't have all details and references.
 

Garshasp

Member
I haven't been scammed yet. Only... let's call it borderline scammed. I once had a client that refused to give me all details about their character and the accessoiries beforehand and as I sketched and proceeded, they came up with more and more ideas to add everytime I showed them the progress. I then broke up the commission and refrained from it. I don't lift the pen anymore before I don't have all details and references.

I feel you on that! I always find that I am asking myself ("Did you not look at my galleries? Did you not read all my capabilities?") -- yet still they tend to flake out. I haven't done commissions for a while because of rotty clients dropping out while I have already embarked on their requests...And I feel that a lit of the time it is because they bit off more than they could chew.
 

F.lee_art

Flee the bat
I haven't been scammed yet. Only... let's call it borderline scammed. I once had a client that refused to give me all details about their character and the accessoiries beforehand and as I sketched and proceeded, they came up with more and more ideas to add everytime I showed them the progress. I then broke up the commission and refrained from it. I don't lift the pen anymore before I don't have all details and references.

I had someone do some thing similar a while back too! I still offer a preliminary sketch before I send invoices but I wonder if that's something that's even worth my time? Like I just want all the details before-hand so when I ink there's no major changes after but I'd hate to have it happen again
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
I feel you on that! I always find that I am asking myself ("Did you not look at my galleries? Did you not read all my capabilities?") -- yet still they tend to flake out. I haven't done commissions for a while because of rotty clients dropping out while I have already embarked on their requests...And I feel that a lit of the time it is because they bit off more than they could chew.
I usually have them fill out a form with everything/fill out the form for them.

Then I have them review the form and agree to it before they pay. I even host it on my trello where they have their own card--
I'll make a card for them before they pay. I'll even include references. But I don't even start a sketch until its paid.
 

F.lee_art

Flee the bat
I usually have them fill out a form with everything/fill out the form for them.

Then I have them review the form and agree to it before they pay. I even host it on my trello where they have their own card--
I'll make a card for them before they pay. I'll even include references. But I don't even start a sketch until its paid.
Oh wow that's really neat and useful! :O
 
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