How to Stay Safe as a Sugar Baby

By Lexie

Dec 15, 2016

We all know how many wonderful and appealing men and women are seeking mutually beneficial arrangements. The Sugar Bowl can be the dreamland of all things Sugar, spice, and everything nice. If you’re looking for something in particular, chances are you’ll be able to find it on Seeking Arrangement. One important thing to be aware of is protecting yourself from an online scammer. Detecting scammers can be difficult, but protecting yourself from malicious internet trolls is possible. Yes, we live in the digital age, and for the most part being transparent is easy to do, but there are some dark and dangerous people online. Here are some tips on how to stay safe as a Sugar Baby.

CYBER SAFETY 101

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. While many individuals on Seeking Arrangement are high net worth individuals who indeed live a lavish lifestyle the chances of being gifted the world straight out the gate is unlikely. No one in their right mind will gift another (x amount) via Paypal without at least talking on the phone or meeting in person, and even then, a gift of generosity is not required, nor guaranteed. If someone insists you do this as a way to “prove” you’re validity, steer clear and go the other way. Some con artists craft compelling and believable stories and successfully convince the victim to part with their money, never to be seen from or heard from again. It’s a reality many have fallen subject to and hopefully it doesn’t happen to you.

Getting ghosted on is bad, getting ghosted on financially is even worse. If you’re encouraged to drop some coin into the online piggy bank before even knowing just exactly who you are talking to, steer clear and assess the situation at hand. If something seems off, trust your intuition. Take advice from the Seeking Arrangement tip that appears in your message inbox.

Tip: Do not give out your bank account information to anyone, and beware of fake checks or deposits. Report any suspicious members immediately.

HOLIDAY CHEER AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The holidays are prime time for scammers to come out and prowl. These are cyber thieves waiting to pounce and they want to suck you in. They are smooth, sharp as a whip, and know exactly how to extract funds with endless tactics and mind games. It doesn’t take much for a scammer to gain your trust. Never, ever, under any circumstances, provide your personal information or bank account information to anyone. You can fall victim to a scam just like that. Starting off the new year with depleted funds and a fraudulent alert message isn’t pleasant.

Do your best to prevent it from happening by doing due diligence on who you are talking too. Well-intentioned individuals understand your privacy and safety is important. It’s best to send a few messages, talk on the phone, and actually plan a time to meet in person. You can tell a lot about an individual by asking the right questions and paying attention to responses.

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED

So you’ve been scammed. Now you’re at a financial loss and you’re feeling hurt.  How did this happen? You thought they were genuine, but they turned out to be a fake. If your identity has been comprised and unwanted accounts have been open in your name, (ie. credit cards) contact your bank and report the fraud. They’ll work with you on the matter. If it’s straight up cash you’ve parted with nothing can be done.

See it as a lesson learned and you now know how better to protect yourself in the future. Keep in mind the majority of people are great and are truly looking for something mutually beneficial. If you happen to get a sense that someone is not who they say they are, trust your intuition and play it safe.

Ask questions, conduct your research, and proceed with caution. Remember scammers are actively searching year round, but the holidays especially are when scammers are on high alert. Seeking Arrangement is a great platform which attracts some of the best and brightest men and women. You can very well find the Sugar Arrangement of your dreams, but keep in mind the scammers that may lurk.