Watch Out: Louisiana Moms Could Be #1 Target for Formula Scammers
The baby formula shortage is out of control. In case you didn't know, a huge voluntary recall by one of the largest manufacturers has made if very difficult (if not impossible) for parents to find the absolutely necessary powdered mix to feed their babies. Because of the desperation that is no doubt building in households across the state and the nation, Louisiana officials say that you need to be on the lookout for scammers who want to take advantage of a frustrated mother or father.
According to a report from KTBS, the Shreveport Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to moms and dads at their wits end searching for formula. The con reportedly comes in the form of an ad on Social Media. Even semi-computer-savvy crooks can make a legitimate looking ad, and their counting on your desperation.
The seller in this particular scam will request immediate, online payment because they've "got a lot of other people trying to buy it." I'm pretty sure you can guess what happens next: The seller takes the money and the buyer gets zero baby formula.
Personally, I think ads like this reek of hoarding even if they were true. So, at best - you're dealing with someone who bought enough formula to have extra (during a nationwide shortage, no less) and is trying to turn a buck during a crisis. At worst, you're talking to a straight up con-man (or woman) who has no intention of delivering baby formula.
If you do find formula at a store, experts suggest you only buy 10-13 days worth of formula. If you find more than that, call your friends and just announce