Federal Agencies Issue Warnings – NBC Boston
The nationwide baby formula shortage has parents scrambling to find food for their infants, and federal agencies are warning about potential scams and harmful backup options.
The shortage is hard enough on parents, and it’s colliding with raging inflation.
Baby formula scam warning from the BBB
The Better Business Bureau is warning to beware of scammers who will try to take advantage of the situation.
Some scams come in the form of fake websites, or social media posts by people who say they have extra formula for sale and ask for payment through a cash app or services like Venmo or Paypal.
When possible, purchase with a credit card – they often offer more protection against fraud than other payment options.
The BBB says if you’re ordering from a website, do a quick search online with the company name and the word “scam” – this could locate other complaints about the site or product.
You can also take a screenshot of the item ordered in case the site disappears, or you receive something different in the mail.
And as always, think before you click, and be especially cautious about online ads and email solicitations.
Some signs of a potential scam can be found with a quick Google search. Look out for things like positive reviews on the website that may have been copied over from other sites, misspellings and grammatical errors, no indication of a brick & mortar address, or the address shows on a Google map as a parking lot, residential…