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BBB warns of Baby Formula scams

The Better Business Bureau is reporting baby formula scams.

In recent weeks, the nation has been hit by a severe shortage of baby formula. This has led parents and caregivers to contact sources advertised on social media and other place on the internet to find the precious formula.

Stephanie Garland

In the case of scams, buyers have made contact with sellers only. Buyers have paid through PayPal or Venmo but, after payment has taken place, the sellers have become “uncontactable” and the formula never arrives.

“If you’re a mom or a dad or a grandparent or a guardian, making sure your baby has an adequate supply of food is of utmost importance,” says Stephanie Garland of the Better Business Bureau.

She says buyers should think twice if they notice any of the following red flags:

* Positive reviews on a website that have been copied from honest websites or just created in general; 
* No indication of brick and mortar address; 
* Address shows on Google Maps as a parking lot, residence or unrelated business;
* Misspellings, grammatical errors, poor punctuation, etc.; 
* The seller talks extensively until payment is made and, afterward is unreachable. 

Garland says if any of thered flags exist, buyers should look for other resources before they send money.

“Buyers should be sure to make payments with credit cards, rather than debit cards,” Garland adds, “because federal protections make it easier to receive refunds from credit cards if problems should arise.

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