I’m a character animator. I was contacted by a guy I knew in college who went into Illustration, not animation, but had taught himself the very basics of animating in Photoshop. For whatever reason, he took a fairly complex character animation job and it took months to realize he was in way over his head. He contacted me to do ghost work on the project, promised 80% of the pay.
Because he was a friend I agreed and he told me he informed the client he was outsourcing to me. I had to redesign his character (because it was designed so poorly) and then submitted him the rough animation. He insisted he do the cleanup work. What followed next was an email exchange where it was clear he had no idea what he was doing and wanted my help with this too, which I did up to the point of actually just doing it. I never heard back from him.
Months later I contacted him and got a run around about the clients billing department, and then that they never accepted the animation (which I can only assume was a flat-out lie or the final product was turned down due to the fact he wasn’t qualified to do the job in the first place let alone the cleanup. My only reassurance in this was when I called the client up myself, I was assured they never heard of me so I can at least rest easy the crap he submitted to them didn’t have my name attached.
Never heard from him again.