TUCSON (KVOA) – Cannabidiol (CBD), an active ingredient of cannabis, is now legal in many US states and Canadian provinces. If you want to try the drug, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to watch out for scams. BBB Scam Tracker has received dozens of reports from frustrated consumers who thought they signed up for a free trial offer but ended up getting billed for hundreds of dollars, it said.
Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, if you order the “free” sample, the scammers now have your credit card number, the BBB said. As soon after you receive your sample – if you receive it at all – you are charged $80 to $100 for an ongoing monthly subscription. Cancelling this subscription is not easy! Consumers report that scammers used numerous excuses to avoid issuing refunds. They claimed everything from trouble with the computer system to it being outside the cancellation window. Many victims also told Scam Tracker that the charges continued even after they cancelled their subscription.
How the Scam Works:
“You don’t find out until 3 weeks later that you have signed up for a subscription and you are charged $99,” one victim reported to Scam Tracker. “They will not refund your money. They say you had 14 days to cancel (when you call them to complain) but there is no description of that on the website.”
According to the BBB, you see an ad for CBD on social media or in an online search. A company is offering samples of CBD oil. All you need to do is pay a couple dollars for shipping and handling, and you can try it for free. In some cases, the product is even endorsed by a celebrity. For example, recent Scam Tracker reports mention popular ministers Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen.
Chorus Nylander is the Chief Investigative Reporter for News 4 Tucson. He is focused on giving the voiceless a voice and holding the powerful accountable.
Here are some of the bad marketing tactics to watch for when looking for free CBD supplements and trials online:
Some CBD manufacturers try to trick you with shady moneyback guarantee policies. These companies might make big promises about how “satisfaction is guaranteed”. They might promise that you’ll be satisfied by the supplement or “get your money back.”
USDA has also announced plans to launch USDA Certified Organic status for hemp in the future. In September 2018, the USDA announced plans to move forward with organic certification of industrial hemp production. As of January 2019, however, the USDA certified organic requirements are still being worked out.
“Our CBD Supplement Cures Everything”
Here are some of the reasons a CBD company might give a product away for free:
This is a crucial lesson that many CBD manufacturers fail to grasp. Some CBD manufacturers claim their supplements will cure cancer. Others claim that they have other enormous health benefits. Some even claim to be recommended by doctors.
If a company tosses around words like “third party lab tested” without providing any additional proof, documents, or paperwork, then it’s possible there is no third party lab, and that the company is simply using buzzwords to convince you it’s a high-quality product.
Good cannabidiol supplements aren’t cheap. The CBD space is exploding with growth, and the demand for high-quality hemp producers is surging. Good CBD supplements made by reputable manufacturers from high-quality sources can be hard to find.