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 as a cure for dementia and diseases, and that one or more prominent celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and the cast of the “Shark Tank” TV show had endorsed them.

In the past, we have found reports of customers being charged more than they were promised, according to comments found under fake reviews (archive) and other sources. Customers also said they had difficulty reaching the companies involved in order to process a refund or return. For example, on order pages for CBD and keto gummies, we have witnessed phone numbers mysteriously missing from specific places where they should appear in the terms and conditions documents.

This is what AWS hosts

File types associated with the McEntire CBD gummies scam hosted by Amazon include images (.jpg and .png), JavaScript (.js), and cascading style sheets (.css). Together, these files make up some of the components of a fake article (archive) which was designed by scammers to look like FoxNews.com. The scammers appeared to have created the fake Fox News article as a trust signal to users who might believe it had any legitimacy. The article incorrectly claimed that McEntire endorsed CBD gummies as a “solution” to “reverse” dementia. Fox News has nothing to do with the scam.

This article was created by scammers to appear as if from FoxNews.com. In reality, Fox News has nothing to do with any of this. It’s possible that the origins of the scam are in China, according to several indicators we found.

One of the files hosted by Amazon (archive) 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.”

Reba McEntire CBD Gummies and keto gummies are scams and she has never endorsed Natures Only CBD Gummies or any other similar product.
It was one of several images housed in the fake article created by the scammers to make it look like it came from FoxNews.com.

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 put us in touch with a page that detail 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:

https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/logo.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/links.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/mobile.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/share2.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/rebamain.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/rebainterview.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/330.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/331.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/km.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/d3.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/bottle/Natures%20One%20CBD%20Gummies.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/button.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/pp1.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/pp3.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/pp5.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/pp2.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/pp6.png
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/side1.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/side3.jpg
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/CBD/US/SS/Fox-Reba/translateelement.css
https://landingpagecache.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/disable-devtool.min.js

This story will be updated if we receive more details.

Sources:

“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.

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