Dating on Sugar Daddy Websites - How to Avoid Being Scammed?
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners via online dating websites, apps or social media by the way of pretending to be a potential partner. They chat with you and establish an emotional relationship with you and then ask for money, gifts, personal information, and bank information.
It’s well known that sugar daddy websites aim to bring jointly rich men and beautiful women who are seeking for allowance, money, luxurious gifts or other financial supports. Online sugar dating scammers tend to target those rich elite singles who are willing to spend money on beautiful sugar babies by pretending to be charming ladies. Likewise, scammers take advantage of sugar babies who want to find financial support by asking for providing bank information or credit card information or personal details.
How Does Scam Work
Online dating scams are particularly prevalent due to the large user of sugar daddy websites. It is common that scams exist on sites like Seeking.com, Match.com as well as another majority of online dating platform. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, etc.
Scams typically create fake online profiles to lure you in, using fiction name, fake income, making up stories, fleshpots, rich experiences and so on. Sugar dating and romance scammers tend to express their strong emotions for you in a relatively short time. Then they will ask for contacting with you on other social medial such as Whatsapp, Facebook, email or phone number. Scammers usually try their best to catch your attention and win your trust, such as sharing his personal stories, showering you with loving words or sending your gifts. They may take months to build a romantic story that you and he is going to stay with each other, months later, he pretends to book flights to visit you, but he never shows up. Once you trust his fantasy and your defense are down, he will make up more excuses to ask you for money, gifts or banking details.
Note: scammers pretend to need money for an emergency, like he has a severely ill family member who requires immediate medical attention or he needs money to get through from failed business or mugging in the street or he wants to travel to visit you and ask you for lending him money for flights or travel expenses.
Ways to Spot Online Dating Scammers
1.Person’s Profile Signs
No matter sugar daddies or sugar babies, there are a few signs you should pay more attention to when connecting with potential matches. You’ll usually see typically attributes if the person is a scammer.
- High income
- Profiles have few images or images that seem to be model or glamour photos
- Live or work in another country or city
- Claim to be military deployment in other countries
- No political persuasion
- Looks perfect(rich and handsome)
2. Check Their Photos
Save one of their profile photos and then upload to Google to search if the photo is showing up on several other sites, then you know that the picture is fake and they do not use their own photo.
3. Move the conversation to another platform
Most online dating scammers, especially those catfishing victims tend to ask you to move your conversation to another platform. They choose to send a message to you through Skype or Facebook, SMS or app like What's app. Be aware of any stranger you do not trust that wants to move your relationships to another platform.
4. Over Flatter You
On sugar daddy websites, have you ever been like this? Some sugar daddy incessantly expresses their feeling of deep connection to you and overly flattering and overly devoted early on in your communication when you are not familiar with each other. Those online dating scammers usually target older people pr vulnerable and isolated singles who want to be taken care of.
5. Avoid Video Chat
Scammers are usually avoiding to appear in video chat, reasons vary from person to person. He may be a foreigner who avoids phonecalls or voice chat on programs like Skype, since their accent may give them away.
They may use fake profile images, or he is not as handsome as his picture shows, so your match will make several excuses to escape from video chatting.
6.Request Money From You
Inevitably, money is their ultimate goal of most scammers. They will make up a series of fake stories to request money from you, such as family emergencies, health issues or travel problems. Some scammers ask for the financial investment involved in their fictional business. If any those signs come up which indicate that you are the target of a scammer.
7. Send You a Link to Another Website
If your match sends you a link to another app, service or website and tells you it is better that you are using now, please be careful of any suspect links which may do damage to your financial information. It is a very popular tactic for scammers on sugar daddy apps like Sudy app.
How to Protect Yourself From Scammers
Please remember that never send money to someone you are not familiar with.
Stay away from the approach, especially if the warning signs listed above show up. You should not give out your real phone number to your matches, especially they try to move the conversation to another conversation mode, because there are plenty of free mobile instant messaging services.
If you suspect the matches who are attempting to scam you, all you need to do is to ensure that you have evidence against them, such as document your interactions with the person, take screenshots of your conversation.
Most sugar daddy websites are allowed you to block the person that you do not want to connect with. As long as you feel someone might be a scammer, especially those people who becomes unreasonably outraged or sends threats your way.
Report scams to the internet crime complaint center. The FBI’s internet crime complaint center site at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx by clicking File a Complaint and filling out the form.