It’s general knowledge that the Internet is a breeding ground for scammers and catfishers (people who lie about who they are and often use other people’s identity such as their name and photos), and the sugar dating world is, unfortunately, no exception. It’s not to say that everyone you meet on sugar daddy websites is out to steal your money, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious and do all the preparations necessary to protect yourself and your wealth from those who have ill intentions. It sounds a little troublesome, but not only will it protect you from scammers, you’ll also be able to weed out bad sugar babies early on. So what do you need to do? There are several things you need to do but they all revolve around one thing: research.

In whatever field that involves time and money, doing research is necessary to ensure that you get the most out of your money. As the Sugar Daddy, you will be the one paying for a membership at sugar daddy websites as well as the one providing for your Sugar Baby financially. You don’t want to put in all the time and effort into finding a Sugar Baby only to have your money stolen in the future. So before you arrange to meet with any potential Sugar Babies, follow these research steps:

Check if the Sugar Baby’s profile and photos are verified.

Many sugar daddy websites have a feature that requires members to verify their identity. Usually, members will be asked to fulfill certain requirements. If the website decides that they pass, their profile will then feature a verification badge, which basically means that they truly are who they claim to be. Unfortunately, not all sugar dating websites have a verification procedure, so looking at their profile alone isn’t going to help. If this is the case with the sugar dating website you’re using, don’t fret. There’s still something you can do about it. Go to the Sugar Baby’s profile and click on one of her photos. Right click on it (double-finger click if you’re using a Mac) and click on “Search Google for image”. The tab or page that opens will show you the same exact images that were uploaded to the Internet. If there are no results, that most likely means she didn’t steal the photo. If there are, just click on every one of them and see where it takes you. If the photo isn’t hers, you should be able to find out by following the source of the photos in the Google results.

Check other platforms and social media channels for verification.

It’s completely understandable if you’re uncomfortable doing this as this could be seen by many as stalking, but that’s not really what you’re trying to do here. You’re not being a creep—you are simply trying to get as much information as you can about the Sugar Baby to make sure you don’t get scammed. If you are subscribed to multiple sugar daddy websites, try and search for the potential Sugar Baby. If you find her and everything in her profile is the same, then good. It’s also possible that she’s using a different username or nickname, probably to protect herself and her privacy. If you’re not having any luck by searching other sugar dating websites, the next thing you could check is the Sugar Baby’s social media accounts. Apart from being able to verify her name, age, location and workplace through social media, her interactions with other people should also help in determining whether she’s real. However, some social media profiles are not public, therefore you may not be able to view the information you’re looking for. If you’re not finding any useful information, then the next research step would be your best bet.

Do a complete background check.

This seems to be going overboard, especially since you’re having this done on someone you’re trying to establish a relationship with. But remember that this is no ordinary relationship, and there’s a lot at stake here, so if the Sugar Baby is at least a decent person, she should understand this if this were to be made known to her. A background check will not only help you learn whether the Sugar Baby is who she’s claiming to be, but it may also help you learn bits and pieces of information that you could use to improve your blossoming relationship with her. Just bear in mind that it’s not something you could do for free. There are many background check services online that you can try but they will charge a fee. If you want to test how good they are, have them do a background check on you first, then proceed with the Sugar Baby.

Gather as much information as you can about the Sugar Baby.

Talking to the Sugar Baby on a regular basis and getting her to talk a lot about herself will be a huge help in figuring out whether she’s being honest about who she is. Always take note of the facts that she mentions herself. Write it down somewhere so you don’t forget these things. If she’s lying about these things, she’s bound to slip up sooner or later. You can also ask her questions even though you already know the answers, and see if the answers stay the same. The thing about lying is that it can get really hard to keep track of your lies, so in many cases, the liar will no longer remember their very own lies.

If you do catch your Sugar Baby lying, or if you find any discrepancies in her story, confront her about it right away. This way, if she has ill intentions, she can give up and just disappear. If scamming you wasn’t her intention, she would most likely give you a reasonable explanation for her lies. But if she really is a scammer, stop talking to her immediately and warn other Sugar Daddies you know of so they won’t fall victim to this Sugar Baby.