MA Residents Should Be Aware of Baby Formula Shortage Related Scam
As you have been hearing and reading in the media lately, there is a baby formula shortage currently taking place and Massachusetts is feeling the effect of the shortage. As a matter of fact, according to an article published by WBUR, baby formula was out of stock in 43% of Massachusetts stores in the first week of May. There's no doubt that Massachusetts parents are in major need of baby formula.
Of course, whenever there is a shortage and/or people are in desperate need of an item, scammers seem to take note and prey on that desperation which is truly unfortunate. Case and point, there is currently a scam going around that is related to the baby formula shortage. This particular scam is really sneaky and shows that these con artists will go to no end to take advantage of those parents that are in desperation of obtaining formula.
According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the way the scam works is there will be an ad, post, or social media group post that indicates there is baby formula available for purchase, however, this is bogus. The buyer will contact the seller online and make a purchase of the formula either through Paypal or Venmo but guess what? You got it, the buyer never receives the formula. Now, not only does that individual not have baby formula, but the buyer has also burned a hole in their pocket. I know from personal experience that baby formula is not cheap.
Make sure you protect yourself and avoid falling for this scam. The BBB has a list of signs and tips alerting buyers of the potential scam along with ways to make sure they are making legitimate purchases. You can view all of these tips and get complete details by going here.