• Report: #961843
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Joshua Astorian

  • Submitted: Mon, October 29, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, January 07, 2013

  • Reported By: Andrew — Newcasle Other United Kingdom
Joshua Astorian
ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES collinsville, Illinois United States of America

Joshua Astorian Scammed money from me this year and others in 2009 for artistic word that was never completed collinsville, Illinois

*General Comment: Concerning Joshua Astorian

*Author of original report: RE: READ ME!!!

*General Comment: READ ME!!

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I posted a sprite request on an website called deviantart about a month ago.
I received an personal message from a username ''thejoshinator'' claiming to have 5 years experience creating graphics for licensed GBA, iOS, and Iphone games and about 3 years in the Nintendo DS industry.

We communicated via skype and exchanged a deal that I would pay him 80 in advance for a basic sprite sheet. After the payment I received little word from him, after which he went missing for a few days. I became suspicious and emailed him.
Later that day he come on skype claiming to have been kicked out of his house by his girlfriend which left him homeless for a few days.

He claimed it was raining and he had no where to stay and no money.
after googling the weather in his area I hesitantly believed his story and gave him 20 to get a hotel and some food for the night. I then said if I seen no results on our deal with-in the next 3 days I would assume he was a scammer.
He said he would send me a sprite the next day which he didn't.

About a week later of no sign from him, I googled his name (Joshua Astorian) and found a forum topic on the first link with other claiming to have given him money with no result.
He defended himself on the topic with the same story he told me.
I then noticed this topic was from 2009 when he only just told me this story happened (2012).

I can only assume this man is a fake name scamming people for work and using this sob story as a defence.

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#1 General Comment

Concerning Joshua Astorian

AUTHOR: Valorware - (United States of America)

No matter what anyone tells you, Joshua Astorian is most definitely a scammer. My partner and I were scammed by him back in 2009/2010 and the process of trying to get him to provide the spritework he promised (like you, we paid him ~100USD in advance) dragged on for nearly 9 months. He no longer responds to any attempt to contact him and we gave up on it long ago.

If you search google for past incidents concerning him, you will find similar posts to what this "Adam" responded with above. I am tempted to believe that this person is Joshua or a friend of Joshua's and is trying to help provide excuses for him to allow him to keep doing this. There always seems to be ONE person who argues in Joshua's defense that knows his "real life" circumstances and that they can give more info if you e-mail them. Do not buy into this.

When we had our issues with him, he claimed his "girlfriend" and himself had just had a baby and that he was having a hard time coming up with money for diapers, etc. There was even a picture of a baby on his and his girlfriend's facebook pages. This is all just part of the scam. Anything to make you feel the slightest amount of pity for him.

You will never get your money back, as legal fees are well beyond what you can get out of him. I do believe that his actual name is Joshua Astorian, and there is plenty of evidence on the web where he has lived. It may be the case that it is all fabricated, but who knows with this guy.

I am suprised that he is still to this day scamming people in the exact same way. Watch out and spread this wherever you can to make sure his name has deep roots attached to it in Google. If anyone ever decides to pursue this in some form of legal action, please post here and let me and others know. 

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AUTHOR: Myself - (United Kingdom)

Joshua did eventually reply to my email saying he understands why I assume he is a scammer given the results of this transaction, plus other similar stories back in 2009.
He suggests that he is not a scammer, just in some bad luck.
That however does not justify continuing to take money off people for projects never to be completed.

f you have more informationyou can contact me at appletreegoat11@yahoo.com
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AUTHOR: Stoney420 - (United States of America)

I assure you, josh is a very real person. I know him. He is a very real person & yes he has ripped a few people off. But I would be more willing to talk to you in greater detail. If you would like to put your e-mail address up. Then i would be willing to tell you more in private. ----Adam
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