Sugar Daddy scammers on the rise since government Shutdown

January 14, 2019

  • Dalton Tannehill, 23, was messaged in November on the popular hookup app by a man named 'James' who offered him a $1000 weekly allowance 

  • The Tempe resident waited until December 29 to text the man from his phone, asking James if he could help him with his $2500 credit card bill 

  • James then transferred $2,480 to cover Tannehill's bill but asked the new sugar baby to apply for new credit cards 

  • Tannehill spent $1000 on Google Play Store gift cards on Walmart

  • James grew increasingly agitated and a few days later, he had the payment retracted 

  • Tannehill rushed to contact his bank and attempted to make a report with the Federal Trade Commission

  • But because of the partial government shutdown, he wasn't able to get any help

A gay man in Arizona has claimed a fake sugar daddy who he met on Grindr stole his identity - but he can't report the fraud because of the partial government shutdown. 

Dalton Tannehill, 23, was messaged in November on the popular hookup app by a man named 'James' who offered him a $1,000 weekly allowance.  

'Hello, I'd like to know if you will be my sugar baby,' the supposed sugar daddy said in his initial message, offering to give Tannehill $500 twice a week.  

 

Dalton Tannehill, 23, was messaged in November on the popular hookup app by a man named 'James' who offered him a $1000 weekly allowance

The Tempe resident waited until December 29 to text the man from his phone, asking James if he could help him with his $2,500 credit card bill.  

The two engaged in a conversation, with James asserting that he was 'f*****g rich' and a 'millionaire' while also asking about Tannehill's social security number and credit cards. 

 

The two engaged in a conversation, with James asserting that he was 'f*****g rich' and a 'millionaire' while also asking about Tannehill's social security number and credit cards

 

he then transferred $2,480 to cover Tannehill's bill. 'Before the payment was processed, I was obviously suspicious ... and when it processed, I felt, 'Okay, good. This is legit. I actually have a real and legitimate sugar daddy!'' Tannehill said

'I'm gonna be taking care of all your responsibilities from now on babe,' James claimed in messages. 

James then transferred $2,480 to cover Tannehill's bill. 

'Before the payment was processed, I was obviously suspicious ... and when it processed, I felt, 'Okay, good. This is legit. I actually have a real and legitimate sugar daddy!'' Tannehill explained to Buzzfeed News. 

 

Tannehill spent $1000 on Google Play Store gift cards on Walmart. But James grew increasingly agitated and demanded that his new sugar baby buy more gift cards. A few days later, he had the payment retracted

Tannehill then followed his given instructions and applied for several credit cards. 

'I felt he did me this favor — I might as well spend at least $1,000 to be paid back again. No worries, I assumed, since the payment went through the first time,' he added.

Next, Tannehill spent $1,000 on Google Play Store gift cards on Walmart. But James grew increasingly agitated and demanded that his new sugar baby buy more gift cards.

The young man wasn't responding fast enough to the messages and the next day, James blocked him on all forms of communication. The money was retracted a few days later. 

'I just realized I needed to block him and cut off all communication, and report this as soon as I possibly could, whenever this shutdown ends, or any other way,' Tannehill explained. 

He was also contacted someone claiming to be James' account manager when he was informed that the payment was reversed. 

Tannehill rushed to contact his bank and attempted to make a report with the Federal Trade Commission. But because of the partial government shutdown, he wasn't able to get any help. 

 

 
He then Tweered 

'Hey @realDonaldTrump some weirdo in Texas has my social security number right now but thanks to your government shutdown I’m unable to file a fraud and identity theft report. Some assistance would be much appreciated,' he said in a Monday tweet.  

Identity theft is the second-most-reported consumer complaint in 2017, with 14 percent of complaints geared toward the issue, according to the FTC. Credit card fraud was the most common type of identity theft that was reported by consumers.   

The FTC websites list two places that victims of identity theft can go to report their greivances: IdentityTheft.gov and FTC.gov/complaint. 

Both pages are currently shut down as the government goes into its 21st day. 

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