Keto Blast and CBD Gummy Scams

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Snake oil salesmen have been selling their “miracle cures” since long before the internet was even a dream. But the quack industry has skyrocketed in the age of digital communication, with infinite advertisements seemingly at the bottom of every webpage and in the headlines of every dodgy news site. This week we’ve found scams related to keto diet and CBD gummy supplements.

Keto Blast Gummies Scam

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Consumers have been receiving SMS text messages containing phishing links. The advertised product is a gummy supplement that supposedly aids weight loss by promoting a ketogenic, fat-burning environment in the human body (keto diet). Of course, it is just the latest quack product that aims to make a profit out of people’s insecurities.

SMS Content:

  • try these new gummies for just 7 days and family won’t recognize it’s you. stop exercises: as3pqw2evf.co/6nf4p reply end to unsubscribe
  • Test these new Gummies for just a week and folks won’t believe it’s you. No more exercises: xaicb90ufe.co/rsxu2

Clicking the phishing link will take you to phishing page where your personal information will be harvesting, potentially leading to all kinds of threats — such as theft or identity fraud. If you want to lose weight, healthy exercise and a varied diet is the way to go. Fall for these gummies and the only thing you’ll lose is your money!

CBD Gummies Scam

Consumers have also been receiving similar phishing texts advertising CBD (cannabidiol) gummies. CBD is a chemical extract from the cannabis plant. While there’s a lot of exciting research into its medicinal effects — e.g., pain relief and depression — these gummies are likely fakes.

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SMS Content:

  • breaking news alert, dr oz: [URL]
  • eat a free hemp gummy: [URL]

Following the phishing links will likely result in compromising your personal details. There’s no guarantee you’ll receive the product — and even less that they will work. If you are interesting in CBD (and it’s legal in your area), it would be best to check with local health services and reputable, established companies.

Shop Safe with Trend Micro Check

  • Always double-check reviews of shopping websites.
  • Pay attention to the company’s age, and be suspicious of great-sounding discounts.
  • Strange payment methods (such as only PayPal) is a red flag.
  • NEVER use links or buttons from unknown sources! UseTrend Micro Check to detect scams with ease: Trend Micro Check is an all-in-one browser extension and mobile app for detecting scams, phishing attacks, malware, and dangerous links — and it’s FREE!

After you’ve pinned the Trend Micro Check extension, it will block dangerous sites automatically! (Available on Safari, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge).

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You can also download the Trend Micro Check mobile app for 24/7 automatic scam and spam detection and filtering. (Available for Android and iOS).

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Check out this page for more information on Trend Micro Check. And as ever, if you’ve found this article an interesting and/or helpful read, please do SHARE it with friends and family to help keep the online community secure and protected. Happy summer shopping!

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