Ocean State dispensary customers among those affected by online scams

This is a file photo inside a Rhode Island recreational marijuana dispensary. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Better Business Bureau for the greater New England region said scams are affecting marijuana dispensary customers.

According to the BBB, scammers create fake, online dispensary menus similar to local medical and recreational retailers.

BBB officials said customers pay through a digital wallet app and are later charged a “delivery insurance” fee totaling over $100.

Customers are promised a refund of the fee but never get their money back.

The BBB said some scams result in loss of money. Other customers receive unregulated and possibly dangerous products.

One affected customer said, “I threw the packages away after putting one of the edibles in my mouth, tasting chemicals, and experiencing a burning sensation,” according to the BBB.

The bureau offered these tips for customers to avoid these scams:

  • Research businesses before making a purchase.
  • Use digital wallet apps with caution.
  • Don’t pay for services or products before you receive them.

For more information, visit the Better Business Bureau webpage.

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