Red flags and how to stop a fraudulent pledge

Hey friends,

The Trust & Safety team published a blog post on Red Flags and How To Spot Them based on a real-life situation. We wanted to give you some tools, so you could look over your pledges with a discerning eye.

One of the most difficult situations we encounter is letting a creator know that a pledge was reversed due to suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity.

To help you spot suspicious activity on your Patreon, here are some things to look out for when evaluating a pledge:

  • New patron pledging a large amount. If you receive an unusually large pledge from a patron you don’t know, that could be a clue that the pledge is fraudulent.

  • Pledging out of Tier: Be on the look out for pledges that aren’t within the range of your Patreon tiers.

If a gut feeling is telling you something is off with a pledge or patron, there’s a good chance something may very well be not right. The old adage “if something is too good to be true it probably is” applies here.

We’re here to help you sort these cases out, so if you ever have any questions regarding a patron or a pledge you recently received, contact us and we’ll look into it for you. (email us at

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