BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The recent shortage of baby formula has mothers and expecting mothers in a frenzy. This may lead them to find new ways to obtain an essential item for their baby and place them at risk of potential scams.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says parents may come across an advertisement promoting that a business has baby formula available. The buyer reaches out to the seller to check the availability and a purchase would then be made through a third-party platform such as PayPal or Venmo, but the product is never delivered.

The Better Business Bureau has suggested a few signs of the scam. These can include:

  • Positive reviews on the website that have been copied from honest sites or created by scammers. Be aware, some review websites claim to be independent but are funded by scammers. Check BBB.org.
  • No indication of a brick-and-mortar address or the address shows on a Google map as a parking lot, residence, or unrelated business than what is listed on the website.
  • Misspellings, grammatical errors, or other descriptive language that is inconsistent with the product. 
  • The seller advertises on a social media site and is communicative until the payment is made. Once the payment clears, they are unreachable.

Visit https://www.bbb.org/search to check a business’s accreditation.