7 Ways to Spot a Fake Sugar Daddy (and How to Avoid Getting Scammed)


There are a lot of good places to meet rich men, but there are a lot more places where you’ll end up meet­ing men who are pre­tend­ing to be some­thing they’re not. It’s no sur­prise that a man with deep pock­ets has an edge in the dat­ing game—women are inher­ently drawn to their abil­ity to pro­vide lux­ury and finan­cial secu­rity. Sadly, many men will try and use this to their advan­tage, and what’s worse, often­times it works.

Don’t fall vic­tim to this sugar daddy scam. If you want to date a rich man and find a sugar daddy who’s really worth your while, you have to know how to weed out the imposters. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to meet rich men with real sugar daddy cre­den­tials, plus some sugar baby dat­ing tips to help keep you on the right track.

His Actions: If you find a sugar daddy who’s eager to rush into a full-fledged rela­tion­ship, there’s a chance he might just be in it for his own gain. While there are always excep­tions, most sugar dad­dies have worked hard for their money and aren’t going to want to spend it on just anyone—after all, they didn’t get rich by mak­ing poor, hasty busi­ness deci­sions. A gen­uine sugar daddy will more likely want to take his time to get to know you first. He’ll pay more atten­tion to your feel­ings and your level of com­fort with your sugar daddy/sugar baby relationship.

His Focus: If you find a sugar daddy whose first order of busi­ness is the topic of sex, that could be a red flag, unless that’s the kind of arrange­ment you’re look­ing for. But if you’re inter­ested in some­thing more than a phys­i­cal rela­tion­ship, be wary, because a man who’s more con­cerned about sex than any­thing else is prob­a­bly just in it for the sex, and he’ll fake it (his so-called sugar daddy sta­tus) as long as he’s get­ting it. One way to uncover his true inten­tions is to try and change the sub­ject or even wait a cou­ple days before ini­ti­at­ing con­tact again. If he dis­ap­pears, well, you’ve got your answer.

His Appear­ance: If you meet a man through a sugar daddy dat­ing site, pay atten­tion to the pic­tures he posts. If they look too posed or pro­fes­sional, they could be fake. Make sure you see a few pic­tures of him before agree­ing to meet in per­son. And when you do meet, make sure his appear­ance matches his pic­tures. If he doesn’t have any pic­tures on his sugar daddy dat­ing pro­file, that’s another red flag. Another clue that he might be a fake sugar daddy is if he doesn’t really look the part. When you meet rich men, they usu­ally have panache; they’re dressed to the nines and carry them­selves in a cer­tain way.

His Assets: He may drive a fancy car, but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean he’s rich—it isn’t hard to lease a car these days. Don’t let the high-end car lure you into believ­ing that he’s an authen­tic sugar daddy. One of the best effec­tive sugar daddy dat­ing tips is to try and scope out his res­i­dence. Does he live in a coun­try­side manor or a stu­dio apart­ment? Does he own or is he rent­ing? This can give you a lot of insight into how much money he really has.

His Demeanor: A real sugar daddy won’t worry about penny pinch­ing, because he has the finan­cial means to spoil you and noth­ing is too much. It’s the sugar dad­dies who exam­ine the din­ner check, metic­u­lously review receipts, and mon­i­tor credit card state­ments that you should worry about.

His Arrange­ment: Be care­ful with sugar dad­dies who only want a pay-per-visit arrange­ment. He shouldn’t be mak­ing any demands what­so­ever about what he wants or expects from you. The terms of your sugar daddy/sugar baby rela­tion­ship should be estab­lished mutu­ally and you should both be on the same page about them. If you find a sugar daddy who insists on giv­ing you a set amount of money every time you see each other, he’s either naïve or has no idea what he’s doing. In any case, be care­ful of what you’re get­ting into.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: From all the sugar baby dat­ing tips you get, the one that trumps them all is to always trust your gut feel­ing. If you find a sugar daddy, but sense that some­thing isn’t quite right about him, there’s a really good chance that you’re right. Use sound judg­ment and trust your instincts—they’re stronger than you think.