LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — As the nationwide baby formula shortage continues, scammers are finding a way to take advantage.

The Better Business Bureau says scammers are using websites and social media platforms offering up free baby food but with a catch. When the provider asks you to pay for shipping, you’re then asked to make a payment through a separate app like Venmo or Cash App, but never receive the formula.

Heather Clary with the BBB of Central and Eastern Kentucky says the scam is concerning but that there are steps you can take to stay safe.

“We get concerned any time somebody is going to get scammed out of their money, especially over something like food for your baby. Do a little due diligence in searching who it is you’re doing business with, if the company has a name look it up at BBB.org to make sure they’re legitimate,” said Heather Clary – Director of Communications, BBB Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Clary said some red flags that could indicate the provider is a scam include a missing address or spelling mistakes in the advertisement.

If you’ve already fallen victim to this scam and given away money or personal information, you’re asked to report it to the BBB Scam Tracker online so that others can be warned.