Sheriff’s office warns of ‘sugar daddy’ scam after recent reports of teens being targeted

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 9:46 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Portage County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert recently after receiving reports over the weekend that several teenagers were targeted on Snapchat as part of a “sugar daddy” or “sugar mamma” scam.

In an advisory shared on social media, Portage County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ralph Spidalieri said the scammer asks a teenager to pay attention to them and send good morning or good night messages in exchange for money.

A check worth a large amount of money is then sent to the scam victim, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The scammer will ask the teenager to return a portion of the money or send it to the scammer’s “child.” Once the teenager does this, the scammer will have the teenager’s bank account information and empty the account out.”

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“Parents, please educate your children on this scam,” Chief Deputy Spidalieri wrote.

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