A warning to those attempting to purchase products containing CBD (cannabidiol) and/or Hemp oil (including Gummies) online. Health and medical product scams may sell you healthcare products at low prices that you never receive, or make false promises about their ‘cure-all’ products, medicines and treatments.
There are a number of scam advertisements promoting CBD gummies and hemp oil products circulating online. Some of these are falsely using celebrity endorsements, such as Maggie Beer whose name and image has been falsely used to indicate that she is an endorser. An alert on the official Maggie Beer website warns that she “is not associated with this product or business in anyway” (https://shop.maggiebeer.com.au/alerts-announcements/).
The Australian Border Force (ABF) warns those attempting to import products containing cannabis or CBD oil that they are regularly seized at the border. “Items regularly stopped by ABF officers include hemp or CBD gummies, oils and skincare products claiming to have health benefits or therapeutic uses” (https://www.abf.gov.au/newsroom-subsite/Pages/increase-in-seizures-warning-potential-importers-cannabis-05-07-2021.aspx).
This is an important reminder to conduct thorough research before purchasing anything online including health and medical product offers. Research is a vital step in protecting your credit/debit card details.
If you are thinking about making a purchase from an overseas website, it is important that you consider the appropriate currency exchange rate. Exchange rates vary and your Australian dollars will be converted into the merchant’s preferred foreign currency. Before purchasing from an overseas website research the possible cost of currency conversion, this can help you to avoid making a purchase at a premium significantly higher than you intended.
Before purchasing health and medical products online, always seek independent medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care professional about the product to find out if it is safe, suitable and available in Australia.