Whilst there are a number of aspects to Kickstarter which may not sit well with people, at the very least most of the people contributing and pledging are doing so for the best of reasons – they want to reward, fund, and spread creative projects. But a new string of reports have emerged over the last few days, suggesting that scammers are beginning to target the site.
Rather than a campaign which acts as a scam, however, it appears this is a pledger causing the trouble. The basic of this case is that the pledger funds a project at the highest level possible – only to then claim a charge dispute once the project is funded.
This can cause massive problems, especially if a campaign has only JUST made the funding level. It also appears that this particular pledger has done this over a hundred times – making it very surprising that Kickstarter haven’t spotted it.
I reached out to Alex Heberling, an artist whose project The Hues found Kickstarter success earlier this year. She’s been a victim of this pledger, named as Encik Farhan, and it may cost her $1000 from her project total.
UPDATE – Just prior to this post going online, Kickstarter have deleted the profile for Farhan. So at the least, the pledger will struggle to get anything else past Kickstarter for the time being.