Sugaring has never been so popular. There are sugar dating websites and apps galore and more potential daddies and babies join every day. And that’s great on one hand since it means more candidates to choose from but the downside? The mass migration to sugar websites also attracts some unsavory characters.
Yup, the rise of sugaring comes with scammers, and the first thing you need to know as a new sugar baby is how to spot them quickly so you can continue your search for a genuine sugar daddy unscathed. Look for these tell tale signs to help you identify the hucksters before you get scammed!
Some sugar daddies are truly generous. They won’t be stingy when offering you an allowance that fits what you’re worth (a lot). However, there’s no such thing as free handouts and if your POT is offering a hefty monthly allowance in exchange for phone calls and text messages, there’s a chance that he isn’t the CEO that he says he is, and is planning to scam you.
This is especially true if you two have never met. There are tons of sugar babies out there, so why would he open his wallet to a stranger if he can do the same to someone he’s actually met a few times? Be on your toes, and trust your gut instinct.
There are many variations of this card. Wells Fargo has one, Chase has it, and many other banks offer something similar. The idea is that your sugar daddy will be able to deposit your allowance straight into the card, but he has no access to your personal information.
It’s a reloadable prepaid card. To deposit money, the scammer might ask for some information on the card, using your allowance as an excuse. How it works is that they send you a check of a high sum, but the check is fake.
Once it’s deposited into your Liquid card, with the right information, the scammer can withdraw all that money at an ATM. A few days later, the check will bounce and the bank will call you — because now you owe the bank all the money that was on that check. Not only are cards like these uninsured (meaning there’s no way you’ll get your money back), but by then, the scammer will have blocked you and ran off with your money.
Scammers will often make up different stories to get the maximum amount of money sent possible. They’re buying jewelry for their coworkers, they’re throwing a surprise party with an extravagant budget, or they’re just promising that you can have a cut of the money if you deposit the check for them. Never deposit a check for your sugar daddy. There are tons of other discreet ways to transfer money. Check out the most popular ways to get your allowance.
A respectful sugar daddy should never ask you for nudes. Daddies are kind and courteous, and they never pressure a sugar baby to do something they’re uncomfortable with. If he asks for nudes or other provocative pictures, that’s a big no-no.
If you both have an established relationship and he’s proved to be real sugar, and you’re comfortable, go for it! If not, block him and don’t look back. These “sugar daddies” are just fishing for nudes and won’t actually reward you for them.
With modern technology like Paypal, Venmo, and even Chase QuickPay, why does he need your bank account information? You only need an email to send money securely.
There is zero reason that your sugar daddy needs your account number, social security, or any logins. If you are asked, politely decline and offer to use a different method of payment. All apps are equally as discreet and only show up as “Venmo” or “Paypal” in their bank account statements.
Many times, scammers will ask you to purchase them a gift card or gift cards. A common one is iTunes. They will offer you a multitude of stories on why you need to buy them these gift cards with the promise to pay you back.
The scammer will then ask you to send him pictures of the barcode and pin, drain the money out of the gift cards, and stop communicating with you altogether. Since it’s a gift card, you won’t be able to get your money back. This is a very common scam that you should always watch out for! If he needs gift cards, he can buy them himself. No excuses!
Have you ever been scammed by a sugar daddy? Have you encountered any sugar daddies like this? Comment below and share your stories with us!
This post is brought to you by one of our contributing SB writers, Candice, aka The Bay Area Sugar Baby. You can check out her sugar baby story here!