A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock
A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock

Fake ‘sugar daddy’ scams target people left financially insecure by Covid-19 pandemic

  • The health crisis has seen more lonely people registering to be ‘sugar daddies’ and more financially vulnerable ones signing up to serve as ‘sugar babies’
  • Scammers have been quick to take advantage, with fake sugar daddies preying on the unwary through a con known as advance-fee fraud or the ‘Nigerian prince’ scam

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock
A rise in sign-ups to be ‘sugar daddies’ and ‘sugar babies’ on matching websites has drawn scammers who pretend to be ‘sugar daddies’ to get people’s bank details and trick them into sending them money – a scam known as advance-fee fraud or the 419 scam. Photo: Shutterstock
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