The Better Business Bureau is now warning you against scammers who are offering to be your “Sugar Momma or Daddy.”
This is a scam that takes many forms, but with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it best we warn you of a few.
These scammers claim they will pay you a weekly allowance in exchange for your attention and affection.
Sometimes they pretend to send money through third party apps or checks through the mail, but the efforts aren’t real.
Eventually they ask for your bank information so they can deposit your “allowance” and once you do that they drain your finances.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a widow looking for love or a teen looking to make an extra buck, these scammers are targeting you.
Still, there are a few things you can do to stop yourself from becoming a victim.
One of the easiest things is reverse image searching.
“Look for people who may have more than one profile. You can actually do this by going through some websites. One is called TinEye.com, and then you can also use Images.google.com,” said Monde Donaldson with the Better Business Bureau.
Also, if someone you meet online keeps making excuses as to why they won’t meet you or they are moving too fast, you need to step back and think. These are common red flags to look out for.
Bottom line – if something seems too good to be true, it likely is.