Free trial offers are great, but some Burnaby residents are getting duped by a scam that preys on our desire for free stuff.

Several British Columbians have reported to BBB Scam Tracker about signing up for free trials of products from Ontario Farms and getting nothing but unexpected credit card charges in return. Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging the public to research companies and check for customer reviews before signing up for a free trial.

Since the start of this year, BBB has received 15 Scam Tracker reports from local consumers about Ontario Farms, with dollar losses ranging from $7 to $400.

The victims all report stumbling into one of the company’s ads online or on social media about hemp oil or other cannabidiol (CBD) products. They sign up for a free trial offer, where they expect to pay a nominal fee for shipping. However, shortly afterwards, their credit cards are charged for several hundred dollars on multiple occasions…

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