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    Hey folks,

    I recently got scammed by an avid poster on the DWS talent search. His goes by the name “Josh Hoopes” and his posted email is magic_bella@yahoo.com and also by the email joshjoejosh@yahoo.com. With the help of a few fellow artist that he scammed we managed to find out this:
    “He finds people who are looking for commissioned artists to do work for them, and he has them pay him making them think he's the artist. He then gets multiple artists involved to do the work, which he claims he does the work. I think he targets out of the US artist mostly, since most were from Argentina, Spain, Australia and Brazil.

    He gets the work done by the color people or whatever and never pays them keeping the money and giving the art to the commissioners.

    I was a commissioner, and 3 people came to me saying the work I posted was not Josh's work, but theirs, and one person proved it was theirs, which made Josh never contact me again, after I questioned him, and caught him with proof he never contacted me again.”

    I was commissioned to ink 24 pages at $50 a page paid at the end of the 24 pages. I did 12 and found this information out. I demanded a contract and he drew up a bogus one but I still trusted him at this point. He dodged all my questions about the other artist involved

    He told me his ‘company’ was “Visionaries Comics” and the comics they were doing are “Prairie Fire” and “Sophia.” You can find out more info here: http://mirrorstewedios.deviantart.co...6834/#comments

    These are the pencils he gave me. I am asking for you help in finding the artist who did them so he can be informed if he doesn’t know already. Any info is much appreciated....we are trying to put down this scammer!Thanks guys!
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    I'd let Rich Johnston know about this, it's right up his alley.

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    Awesome Elwell! Email sent. I appreciate it.
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    I found out some more information if anyone is interested.

    If you have been scammed by him could you please take a moment to fill out one or all of these complaint forums. They will only take a couple of minutes and it's the only way to bring legal attention to him. He may have some criminal charges already...

    http://www.cftc.gov/customerprotecti...form/index.htm

    http://www.ic3.gov/

    https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup


    There is some good discussion going on the DWS forums: http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums...d.php?t=122672
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    Here is some more work he is claiming as his own...

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    If you know the artist or are the artist, please, get in touch with me...

    This guy's committing a federal crime


    Wire fraud is a legal concept in the United States Code which provides for enhanced penalty of any criminally fraudulent activity if it is determined that the activity involved electronic communications of any kind, at any phase of the event. As in the case of mail fraud, this statute is often used as a basis for a separate federal prosecution of what would otherwise have been only a violation of a state law.

    The crime of wire fraud is codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and reads as follows:

    Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
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    I see Rich has this up on LITG today, hope it generates some leads.

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    Yea! I saw that. Rich, in fact, saved the day. He found and emailed me the link to the publisher of the comic: http://sophiaawakening.com/. He even contacted the studio one step ahead of me! I contacted them and the owner was shocked to say the lest. He was really nice and down to earth about it. Really nice guy. He hired out another studio, Atlantis Studio (http://www.atlantisstudios.net/) to do the work. Within 30 mins I got a call from the studio. I explained my evidence and emailed my source files to them. I know they want to pay the right person (me) and they want the right person to finish the work (me) so it seemed to be working out... they seemed to believe me...BUT THIS GUY IS FIGHTING IT!!! He is trying to still convince that he did the work! He is overnighting the "original ink boards" to them...funny thing is...I did them DIGITALLY! THERE IS NO ORIGINAL BOARDS. I was in contact with another client he scammed and he said that he tried the same trick but eventually gave up.

    We will see what happens...
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    Hope you don't mind me piggybacking on your thread...

    As someone else who was scammed by Josh Hoopes, I'm trying to find the real artist who drew the following pages. If anyone here recognises the work, I would very much appreciate the info.

    Thanks.

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    Gotta say, this scammer has found some really good artists
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyx702 View Post
    Here is some more work he is claiming as his own...

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    Those look like Stephen Platt's work. Not positive, but close to it.
    Heres one of Platt's pieces
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    Ibrahim Amin: No problem at all my friend! Post everything that could be helpful. I am sorry we haven't been able to find your artist yet...

    Kamikazebob: Great call. Yea, I think the similarities are too close. I tried looking to see if he had a website but couldn't find any. Does anyone know how to get in contact with him? I am sure that is a silly question...
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    You could try through Workshop. Thats where he put out a dvd on comic arts. I also have wanted to find more of his work but no luck there.

    http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/contact.html
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