BBB Warns Users of ‘Free CBD Samples’ Scam

Try out unique CBD samples for free! Just pay the shipping cost, and we’ll cover the rest! It looks like an irresistible offer, right? 

However, most probably, it’s a scam! The Better Business Bureau alerts users to be careful of CBD “free trial” deals because they cover illegal monthly subscriptions. 

The National Consumer Advocacy organization has received dozens of complaints from disappointed customers who signed up for this type of free trial. As it turns out, they ended up paying hundreds of dollars to the scammers!

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The “Free CBD Samples” Scam

Many people fall for this scam in the greed of CBD-free samples. Cannabidiol comes at a certain price. Depending on the size and potency, a bottle will cost anywhere from $30 to $300. For that reason, it seems great to get a “free CBD sample” out of nowhere.

Some CBD companies offer samples for their products. However, these samples are not free. They are little bottles of the company’s legal CBD products.

And you can purchase them at a lower price. But you’re still paying for it, and they are not completely free. 

There’s a fundamental difference between a “free sample” and paid CBD samples from reputable CBD brands. Reading a product’s label can also help you distinguish a reputable brand from a sub-par one.

Practically, the companies offering “free trial for small shipping fee” deals are absolute scams. You should avoid it at all costs.

According to the Better Business Bureau, fake “free trial” deals begin by asking customers to sign up and pay a small amount for shipping. After signing up, it becomes difficult to cancel it. 

Some users claim that the company used misleading pricing ways to trick users. It happened when they clicked on “Get My Free Bottle!” to purchase CBD free samples.

How the Free Trial of CBD Sample Works?

To get a trial for free CBD samples, you have to sign up. Then, you have to pay a small shipping charge with your credit or debit card. 

There are some hidden points in the terms and conditions of these “CBD free trial” offers. These conditions say you have to call them to cancel the subscription within a few days.

Otherwise, they will start charging $90 each month. Such brands’ products are low in quality, and customer support is non-existent. So, if CBD is not working for you, there is a possibility that you are using a low-quality product!

Most likely, you’ll have problems canceling your subscription when contacting the company.

The “customer service reps” will try to talk you into keeping your subscription or paying a lesser amount. Or in some cases, you might not even be able to get in touch with them. 

They also charge some users for other products they don’t buy in this free trial.

How to Avoid CBD Free Sample Scams?

You can avoid these type of scams by the following simple steps:

Carefully Read the Terms and Conditions!

It can be boring, but sometimes, there is a catch hidden in the terms and conditions. If you don’t want to read them, ask yourself if you really need a free CBD sample without being scammed!

Never Provide Bank Details

If the only way to get the free sample is by providing credit or debit card information, you’re likely in for a scam. Hence, always double-check before giving out any credentials.

Rethink Before Submitting the Form

Giving away a lot of personal information to get something for free can’t be beneficial as it sounds. Many scammers collect and illegally sell your information. Therefore, you’re risking your online privacy if you fill in random forms without checking them.

Don’t Spend for ‘Free’ Samples

If you have to pay for the product, it’s not a free trial! Scammers often mask your payment as a ‘processing charge’ or a ‘handling charge.’ And then disappear without delivering your sample.

Check if the Website is Trusted

Fraudsters are clever. And you know how easy it is to pretend to be a reputable brand. 

Big brands often do give away free samples, but it’s better to go to the company website. Don’t go through from an ad on social media or a search engine.

And be careful of the top listings sites in the search results. As these are often paid for advertisements. 

Consider its Worth

Most genuine CBD-free samples are worth some bucks. If someone is offering high-value items at no cost, then there’s definitely something fishy going on!

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Believe your Instincts

If you are unsure if the offer is valid, just move on. It is never worth risking your privacy only for a free CBD sample.

What If You’ve Been a Victim of Scam?

If you get scammed, there is support available. If you paid for anything but did not receive it, contact your bank. You can also review the company on sites like TrustPilot to beware of other customers. 

Try these recommended steps for a refund:

Call the Company to Cancel Your Subscription.

Request a full refund for all charges other than the small shipping fee. Because you were aware, you are going to charge for it.

Be honest with them and deny a partial refund. Notify them that if they do not refund all of your money, you will file a ‘fraud chargeback’ with your credit card company.

Contact Your Bank

You should also contact your bank or credit card company. It’s best if they cancel your current card and provide a new one. That is the only way to ensure that the scammers can never charge your card again.

Tell your bank or credit card provider that you didn’t approve any charges other than the minor shipping fee. File a ‘fraud chargeback’ complaint against them. And that is the only way to get your money back.

The Bottom Line

Don’t fall prey to this type of scam. These scam artists prey on thousands of people who just want to try CBD products. 

Even if you’ve been scammed, consider it a lesson. And if possible, inform others of this scam, so they do not fall into it.

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