I was interested in purchasing some painting advertised by this business. I inquired about the authenticity of the artwork to verify the artist was the child with autism and that the paintings supported an autism charity.I was blocked and my comment was deleted. So I sought information from the charity listed in news articles as a beneficiary for verification.The business itself is run by a set a parents in Illinois and is named after their daughter who has autism, "Candy Waters Autism Artist". They advertise the work all over Facebook as being by their daughter, however, among art therapy professionals it does not appear that the child is the true artist behind the work because of a video that surfaced from the parents.I soon learned any questions regarding the child’s process, even if coming from parents with autistic children who want to learn how they can help their own children, are blocked and evaded by the parents. I myself was blocked and banned from their facebook page: www.facebook.com/candywatersautismartist.I didn’t think anything of it until another friend of mine (who has an autistic son) said the same thing happened to her after she asked how she paints in an effort to help her own son.The family claims they want to raise awareness of autism and the money "goes to a good cause". So why would they do this to members of the autism community?We discovered a video online posted by the parents of the child painting. It became evident that this wasn’t the same person creating the paintings on their online store. We looked up if there was anyone else that said this was a scam. Sure enough, results popped up on Facebook and in comments on blogs warning of it being a scam for years.We contacted news stations that had covered the family in the past and no one had actually seen this child paint for their interviews. They relied simply on word of mouth from the parents.We contacted the charities listed as a beneficiary to the sale of the artwork. Kind-Tree Autism Rocks Foundation does not receive any money from the parents Zazzle store, does not sell the work on their own website any longer, and could not attest to the artist actually being a child with autism because they never required proof of authenticity or disability.We are Lions, also stopped selling the work, does not benefit from the zazzle sales, and actually is not a charity in the first place. They are a for profit dedicated to promoting artists with disabilities,In an effort to quiet anyone speaking out with their experiences of this being a scam, the family (the business owners) personally targeted individuals voicing their concerns on candywatersautismartscam.wordpress.comThe business owners resorted to extreme acts of malice including cyberstalking, slandering, harassment and defamation but looking up individuals private contact information, and seeking out their personal employers and affiliations to say they were stalking and harassing their daughter. They went so far as to label people pedophiles and threaten people personally.Why do this when the only concern was the authenticity of a product they sell online?