Please be aware that there are scammers who are targeting artists and students to trick them into giving away personal information or money.
If a user is caught attempting to scam someone on ArtStation, their account will be banned. However, many times, these scams occur via email where ArtStation is unable to monitor or do anything about it. We urge you to approach any suspicious requests with caution.
Here are a few things you can look out for to protect yourself based on a few common scams we have been made aware of:
- ArtStation never sends your portfolio to anyone, nor do we recommend artists to studios for any jobs. If someone claiming to be from a studio claims this, it is not true and they are likely not a legitimate recruiter.
- Be wary of offers sent from a generic email address such as gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc. Most legitimate companies and studios will use business email addresses.
- Do not trust a recruiter asking you to buy equipment from a specific seller with a reimbursement promise.
- Do not show any IDs such as a driver’s license, passport, or anything that contains sensitive personal information during an interview.
- Do not pay any entry fee for a contest until you verify it is legitimate.
- Generally, no reputable studio or company will ask you to move the conversation you’re having to Telegram. If a company does this when they reach out, this is a red flag.
- Artstation is not a job placement agency, so please be extra cautious if they tell you they received your portfolio from us.
If you come across any user on ArtStation that you believe may be responsible for a phishing attack, please report them immediately and our support team will investigate. You can find more information on phishing scams by visiting the FTC website.
If you have any doubts about a message you have received, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org