Fortunately, by taking steps to keep your personal information private, being cautious when it comes to interacting with people you meet online, and ending communication with people who threaten you, you’ll be better able to safeguard yourself from predators.
Sugar daddy dating as been around for years, long before the internet or dating sites.
Having been hit hard as a 15-year-old when her mother succumbed to breast cancer, she went on to marry Andrew George, now 41, an engineer for a catering equipment business, and the couple had two daughters, now aged 14 and 15.
Despite the tensions simmering beneath the surface, they appeared to live an innocuous life in a three-bedroom semi in the Plymouth suburb of Laira.
After working as a secretary, George moved from regular baby-sitting shifts to a career in child care in 1998.
But George, 39, was in fact a sexual deviant who took pleasure in abusing and photographing youngsters before sharing those images on the internet.
'For today's young people there is no line between the online and offline world,' he says.
'They use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too.
I love the idea of Richard Gere bankrolling my shopping trips to Selfridges every weekend, and I can’t see much wrong with two consenting adults agreeing to a relationship that suits them both.
But am I being naive in thinking sugar daddy dating is simply a case of click and collect, or are online arrangements one step away from selling yourself to the highest bidder?