i honestly have no idea what to do or say here since this situation was kinda sudden.
so i 19M recently downloaded tinder. i mentioned this to my cousin John (16M) and he seemed happy that i'm getting into dating. the next day, John tells me he got Grindr and met a sugar daddy that's 24 years old. this kinda weirded me out since he's too young to be on any dating app, especially since he's still technically a minor, but we're very close and trust that we know what each other are doing.
he told me he found a sugar daddy that has about $8000 cash and that he's willing to come meet him at a public place that happens to be near my house. he asked me if we can go because he thinks this man is going to give him money. i'm super hesitant to follow through not only because i'm super against meeting strangers from the internet, AND this man could totally be a predator. i went and reverse image searched his pics and found nothing, but that doesn't mean he isn't a catfish. this man told John that he's been cheated on by a sugar baby before and wants to verify that John isn't going to lie or cheat on him, so he wants John to prove that he's trustworthy by having John buy a $20 gift card and sending it to the Sugar daddy. John obviously doesn't work or have money, so he wants me to donate the $20 and says he'll pay me back since the Sugar daddy might pay him anyways.
to me, this sounds like an obvious scam but i want some opinions on this and advice on how to get John to realize that this guys is obviously just trying to scam him or do something worse.