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Beware of CBD gummy ads exploiting household names to defraud consumers, experts warn

July 5, 2021 – From oils and creams to capsules and gummies, there appears to be countless online ads for cannabidiol (CBD) products, with many exploiting household names in an effort to defraud unsuspecting consumers.

In early May, Tricia was perusing Instagram when she saw an ad for a free bottle of CBD gummies that appeared to feature the name and image of CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme.

LaFlamme does not represent nor endorse any CBD products, including gummies, or any other products or services.

“They made it sound like she was the CEO of the company,” Tricia told CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview from her home in Peterborough, Ont. “It made it sound like she was saying that they [the CBD gummies] had saved her life and so she decided to start up a company.”

When she clicked on the ad, Tricia, who requested that her full name not be used for privacy reasons, said she was taken to a website with the URL verdenaturalbest.com, which is no longer active. She then proceeded to order one bottle of CBD gummies for $39.95. She didn’t see an option to claim an additional bottle for free, but says she decided to order one anyway. CTV News reports. | READ MORE