Consumers Should AVOID All FREE CBD Offers
Free CBD offers are starting to appear and will likely soon start flooding the internet. These are essentially the same type of phony free offers that we have seen with acai berry products, green coffee products and other new, popular products over the years.
Avoid Free CBD Offers -They’re Not Free!
Here’s how the scam usually works.
The consumer orders a free bottle or free trial. In order to get their ‘free’ offer, the consumer must provide credit card billing information, which is supposedly used just to pay for shipping and handling… BUT BEWARE!
The scam company then enrolls the consumer, unwittingly in most cases, into auto-shipment programs. Then after the free bottle is sent, or after the short free trial, the scam company starts to deliver products automatically, usually monthly, even though the consumer did not place a specific order for more products.
The scam companies almost always buries the so-called ‘disclosure’ of the sleazy auto-shipment terms in the a lengthy “Terms and Conditions’ section on the . website, which in most cases consumers would have to carefully search for in order to find on the scam marketers’ website. Typically there is a link at the bottom of the website somewhere.
Consumers should search carefully for such links on any free CBD offer — look for a link titled “terms” or “terms and conditions.” By following these links, people can see the real terms of the auto-shipment programs that they would be subject to in exchange for accepting the so-called ‘free’ product.
Free Offers Are Just Auto-Shipment Schemes
Most people don’t click on every link on a website and don’t read every word, so most people who get duped into these scams are usually unaware they will be receiving monthly shipments of products they did not expect. Sometimes people do read the fine print and think they can cancel before the billing begins, but that almost always never works. Once the scammers have your credit card information you are screwed. You will be especially screwed if you used a ‘debit card’ instead of a ‘credit card’. With a credit card you have a better chance of the issuing bank going to bat for you. But if you used a debit card you have little chance. In either case, you will end up having to close your bank account or getting a new credit card. It will be a mess and you will find yourself in a very costly entanglement with little recourse.
Further, common sense should tell consumers that any products that are part of these free offer schemes are not only extremely expensive but also of highly questionable quality. It stands to reason that any unscrupulous marketer who promotes these scandalous free offers is likely not going to provide a good product. So, consumers who fall for these schemes lose on all counts!
Auto-Ship Schemes Are Extremely Hard To Cancel
It is almost always extremely difficult to cancel these auto-ship programs. Consumers will find long holding times on phone calls, disconnected phone lines and hard-to-find email addresses, and so on.
Don’t Be A Sucker!
Consumers should use judgment and realize that anything advertised as ‘free’ is probably not free.
Avoid these free offer schemes and save yourself the aggravation… because there is no such thing as free.