The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of CBD “free sample” trial offers because their has been dozens of reports from CBD consumers who signed up for a free trial offer but unfortunately ended up being billed for hundreds of dollars.
Phony “free trial” offers frequently begin by asking shoppers to pay a few dollars for shipping and handling, the BBB says, then signing those consumers up for monthly subscription services that can be near to impossible to cancel and they will not refund your money.
Here’s How the Scam Works
When you sign up, you enter your name, shipping address, and everything else as you normally would. The CBD oil is discounted to $0, and a small shipping and handling fee needs to be paid via credit or debit card. Now they have your credit card number.
If you can find the terms and conditions that include a section where you agree to pay a set amount of money per month via credit or debit card if you don’t cancel your subscription within a couple of days (the trial period).
You don’t find out until 3 or 4 weeks later that you have signed up for a subscription and you are charged for example $90 for an ongoing monthly subscription and it's to late to cancel your subscription.
Many victims realizing they were caught in this scam say they signed up for the free trial, but first off it's to late and the scammers used numerous excuses to avoid issuing refunds and that the charges continued even after they cancelled their subscription.
Adding insult to injury, the CBD oil you receive in the mail – if you receive it at all is almost always poor quality or has little to no CBD in it. So, you can expect these oils be full of chemical additives and contaminants.
Tips for avoiding this scam:
Research the CBD company online. See what other people are saying about the company’s free trials and the product itself. Complaints from other customers can tip you off to “scams” that might come with the trial. It's a worth the time to check the business's BBB Rating and see if there are any alerts.
Understand what happens after the free trial ends. Always read the terms of the offer before signing up. Numerous victims of the CBD free trial con reported not ever seeing the terms and conditions. This is a huge red flag. If you can’t find them or can’t understand what you’re agreeing to, don’t sign up.
Another thing to lookout for is celebrity endorsements and false medical claims. Resist being swayed by the use of a well-known name. Scammers often fake celebrity endorsements.
Report losses to your credit card company. If you pay with a credit card, you can dispute fraudulent charges. Keep an eye on your monthly statements and notify your credit card company of any suspicious charges.
You can file for a “fraud chargeback” by calling your credit card provider. It may take some time, but if the company is indeed a scam, you should receive your money back in a few weeks or months.
Additionally, it’s recommended that you cancel your credit card as soon as you receive a refund from the scam company to avoid any more monthly charges. You can then order a new credit card with a new number.
Examples of CBD Scam Websites
Pure Completed CBD Scam: Free Trial Scam Checkout the website here: http://purecompletecbd.net/.
Prime Green CBD Scam: Free Trial Scam Checkout the website here: http://primegreencbd.org/.
Isolate Direct CBD Scam: Free Trial Scam Checkout the website here: http://isolatedirectcbd.com/.
First off it's not a secure site. All secure websites use https the secure version of HTTP, which is the primary protocol used to send data between a web browser and a website. HTTPS is encrypted in order to increase security of data transfer. Any legitimate website, especially those collecting credit card information or require login credentials, should use HTTPS.
Second, if you click on the link to checkout the scam websites above, they all have one thing in common, they are almost identical.
Bottom line: No matter what website you are on, if it's not https secure do not give any of your information and stay away from free trials without researching the company first.
With so many CBD companies these days comes many scams, it’s no wonder so many people are skeptical about buying CBD products for themselves. These products can be expensive, making it easy for companies to prey on people not well-versed in the CBD industry with unrealistic claims or “free trials”.
Always remain skeptical about a CBD product or brand. Make sure you have easy access to third-party testing, and certificates for claims of ensuring the product is what the company says it is.
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