Amazon Web Services continues to host files for CBD scam
Despite being warned twice by Snopes via email, Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to host files associated with a fake celebrity endorsement scam involving CBD gummies and country music star Reba McEntire. McEntire has nothing to do with the scam, as his image and likeness are being used without his permission. We previously filed two reports on the subject.
CBD Scams and Keto Gummies
For years, online scams involving CBD and keto oil and gummies have plagued the internet. Such scams have led customers to order the products with the false belief that they work magically as a cure for dementia and disease, and that one or more prominent celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and the cast of the show “Shark Tank” TV show had approved them. .
In the past, we have located reports of customers being charged more than promised, based on comments found under fake reviews (archived) and other sources. Customers also said they had difficulty reaching the affected companies in order to process a refund or return. For example, on order pages for CBD and keto gummies, we have witnessed telephone numbers mysteriously missing from specific places where they should appear in the terms and conditions documents.
This is what AWS hosts
One of the files hosted by Amazon (archived) showed a fake Fox News headline about CBD gummies with McEntire sitting on the set of Andy Cohen’s Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”
Contact Amazon PR
We first reached out to Amazon’s PR team via email on August 8. A company spokesperson responded the same day and linked us to a page that detailed acceptable use policies for AWS. The page also included a link where content violating the policy could be reported. However, the form on the page required some data that we did not have and therefore could not be submitted.
We then contacted Amazon via email a second time on August 12. We expressed our urgency about what this case entails, saying that these types of scams often prey on the elderly and people with disabilities, according to the stories we read. However, we did not receive a response for the next four days.
List of files hosted by AWS
Amazon hosts the following files for the McEntire CBD gummies scam:
This story will be updated if we receive more details.
“AWS Acceptable Use Policy.” Amazon Web Services, Inc.https://aws.amazon.com/aup/.
“Baypark CBD Gummies Review (Cost & Scam) Bay Park CBD Gummies Shark Tank.” Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 and AM 1220March 21, 2022, https://www.hometownstation.com/news-articles/baypark-cbd-gummies-reviews-cost-scam-bay-park-cbd-gummies-shark-tank-410466.
“Cannabis, CBD oil and dementia.” Alzheimer Societyhttps://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/treatments/alternative-therapies/cannabis-cbd-oil-and-dementia.