Scammers targeting baby formula shortage
OMAHA, Neb. (Press Release) – The nationwide baby formula shortage has many around the U.S. looking for alternative means to find much-needed products. Scammers are aware of the opportunity to monetize the crisis.
Online shopping experienced a big boom during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many brick-and-mortar businesses either began or improved their efforts in the digital space. Ads for great online deals are everywhere, tempting consumers with great prices and free shipping offers.
Scammers preyed on these online consumers, taking advantage of the hard-to-find items by creating fake websites and substandard products and offering them at “too good to be true” prices. They continue to do so with the baby formula shortage.
Sometimes consumers find what they ordered is not what they get. Many ads pop up with enticing gadgets, cute merchandise or items with a subliminal “I gotta have it” messages, making it irresistible to click and check it out. Unfortunately, some of these companies aren’t quite what they seem. Some consumers find that once the order is placed, the company doesn’t send the product, or it is not of good quality. How can you be certain the websites where you shop are legitimate?
BBB offers these tips for safe online shopping:
• Know the advertiser. Some of the best deals are only available online, but be careful. It’s easy for a fake site to mimic a famous retailer’s website, so make sure you are shopping with a legitimate site. If…