I acted like Papyrus and got scammed out of $2,600.
tl;dr - I’m an idiot.
Long version: I fell for a scam that is obvious in hind sight. A person who called themselves Sarah Long from Germany told my roommate, who just moved out of state, that she would like to rent the extra room in my apartment she was leaving behind. I thought my roommate had vetted this person - checked the phone number, called them, etc., but it turns out she hadn’t. So I was trusting this Sarah person when she sent me what was supposed to be a rent check for two months. Except…there was an extra $1700 in the check.
Most others would have stepped back and said this was fishy, but like above I thought my roommate had vetted this person. I deposited the check electronically, and when the funds showed up in my account I felt comfortable sending the extra $1700 to an account in California to ‘help’ Sarah pay for a car she had ordered to use while she was in ‘college’ here.
Now, just because the money showed up as available in my account does NOT mean the check passed, like I thought. So I sent the $1700, plus a little extra (taken from the rent portion of the check she had sent, I thought), then on Wednesday got a nasty surprise when it turned out the check had bounced. My bank account is now at $-1,100.
I obviously told my dad what had happened, asking for advice, not help, and he pointed out something that actually made me feel a lot better. He said that I always tend to see the best in people and trust them easily to be good people, and as soon as he said that I thought of Papyrus, and figured hey, if I lost this money because I was acting like THE GREAT PAPYRUS then that’s not okay, but acceptable, and I’ll continue to act like him in the future (albeit without using any money).
So the bank said it was very unlikely I would ever get my money back, since I used Moneygram (a cash pickup site). I am lucky enough to have family helping me pay my rent and other necessities, but until my claim is resolved and I’m able to see about getting a personal loan, I am stuck in a thousand-dollar-deep hole. So I’m trying something I’ve never done before: short-story commissions and selling handmade Undertale stuff!
SHORT STORY COMMISSIONS
I may not be able to do a lot, or do them quickly because I am still student teaching, but I will be taking $10 commissions for 1,000 to 2,000-word short stories. Send me a PM with the details of what you would like and I’ll let you know how long it will take to write (depending on what papers I have due for class, and what other commissions I have at the time). Once I am done writing, you’ll send me the money via Paypal, then I’ll send you the story and you can tell me if there are any small things you want tweaked or errors that need fixing.
Also, I don’t write smut. There’s nothing wrong with smut, but I’m an asexual-aromantic who has very little experience with sex. As they say, write what you know, and that is something I don’t know.
UNDERTALE CROSS-STITCH FIGURES
These are overworld sprites from our favorite game! They’re cross-stitched onto plastic canvas then neatly cut out (though in this picture, Alphys, Sans, and Papyrus aren’t done). If wanted, I can add a felt backing and a pin or small magnet for an extra dollar. The small characters - the duck, Toby, etc - will be $10, while the larger characters, such as Shyren, Napstablook, Muffet, and other main characters will be $15. These take a few hours each to make, not including the time it takes to transfer the design onto a proper pattern, which is why the cost may seem a bit high. Send me a PM is you’d like one - tell me what sprite, which pose, and if you want it plain, or with a pin or magnet.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY ANYTHING BUT WANT TO DONATE $3
I have a ‘Buy Me Coffee’ button at the top of this page, beneath the title, that’ll let you easily donate $3.
I hate, hate, hate asking for charity, but I don’t have a job right now while I’m finishing my student teaching and getting my degree. Anything will help, even if it’s just a smiley face sent my way!
I love you all so much, and remember, even if the best things don’t always happen, the Great Papyrus believes in you!