SHERIFF: Students targeted in ‘sugar baby’ Instagram scam
Authorities in Gage County are alerting people to an apparent scam targeting high school students.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –Authorities in Gage County are alerting people to an apparent scam targeting high school students.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office said the principal at Freeman High School told deputies several students had been targeted as part of a check cashing scam through a fraudulent Instagram account.
GCSO says an unknown person using the account – which had a profile photograph of a white woman in her 50s – asked the teens if they wanted to be her “sugar baby.”
One teen was sent a bogus check for $2,500 and told to deposit it, send $2,000 to a charity and to keep the remaining $500.
The account has since been deleted, according to GCSO.
The parent of the student became aware of the scam and was able to halt the transaction so no money was lost.