Hello Lovely people,
Today, I stumbled upon several journals by members who all got scammed by one person. Pixlett / ToxicMutagen (who deactivated their accounts today) scammed more than 3,000 USD from more than 20 artists by filling chargebacks just after a while from paying for adopts or commissions. And apparently, they can do the same with points too.
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I can't really do anything but to share this with you in hope you won't get scammed by this person.
Here are some journals written about this issue:
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Everyone refunded! ETSY SCAM ALERT THIS IS A WARNING FOR EVERYONE WHO SELLS THEIR OWN ART OR GOODS! Although the scam took place through Etsy anyone can be a target!
And probably the last because there's great news! EVERYONE who got scammed is getting their money refunded! I didn't get a personal email but I checked my account and yes, it looks like I get the remaining $160 back as well INCLUDING the chargeback costs PayPal charged me.
Although it'll take time to get over this terrible dilemma and build trust again, especially for the artists who almost lost a grand deal of money and need it badly and might still be dealing with the aftereffects, this is certainly a victory to be celebrated at the moment! If it were
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Edit: If you take commissions or make adopts please do not let the users Pixlett or ToxicMutagen buy from you. They will pay after a few days, BUT they will issue a credit card chargeback on the purchase. (They "share" a Paypal name/email, so I am suspicious that it is just the same person who moved accounts)
An artist was scammed for thousands of dollars by a user named Pixlett / ToxicMutagen. Pixlett has since deactivated her account.
She has scammed more artist at this point, probably over 20 artist, including me! There has been so many journals and people suffering because of this person!
Here are some journals
IF YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BY PIXLETT READ BELOW[EDIT: 8-14-14] Forgive me guys as I'm getting swamped with comments about this situation. Since the original posting, we have learned that:
1) Pixlett/Toxic is a minor.
2) That if prosecuted, the parents will be held accountable, not the child.
3) At most, if convicted, she faces being marked as 'delinquent', and subsequently placed on probation unless she is tried as an adult, in which case, she would then be charged with theft/fraud, and face 3 years or more years in prison.
4) We have found who we believe to be identified as the suspect theif. From here, we should be able to file something [not sure what yet] against her/them in court.
:iconwitchpaws: and I are doing our best to dig up what we can about legal proceedings to have her delt with. Having her under 18 makes this extremely difficult to deal with legally, and also, each state has their own laws so I have to look at laws much different than my own. (which again, makes this hard)
I will update when we figure things out furt
And your points aren't safe:
.:WTF?!!? Again another problem DA?!?!Alright.
DA is again acting like a bitch.
So, it's again about the suspicious refunds that my sister have received for some commissions via the commission widget(previously talked about this here: ).
A moderator have replied to her ticket that she had sent yesterday about that.
The admin have explained that the points used for the commission was fraudulent and that the commissioner hadn't the right to use these points and blah blah blah...
You can read the whole reply here that she have received:
Thank you for contacting deviantART Customer Care. I am sorry for the inconvenience. The points used for that order were fraudulently purchased and spread throughout the community. As they were not that deviants to spend, the points used, including that commission purchase, needed to be pulled because of that. Sadly, there were a number of deviants affected by the stolen points.
This is a great journal on how to prevent these chargebacks. Check it out:
Feel free to spread this around.
Artists-Beware: check it out!
Artists Beware is a really helpful blog that might help you avoid getting scammed by people like Pixlett / ToxicMutagen. They have a list of people who have scammed artists before. But understand that not all of those artists listed still scam. It would be better to see and judge the evidence provided against them carefully by yourself and probably talk to them about it to know their story.
Be careful, people!