Don’t Fall for the Reba McEntire ‘Sad News,’ CBD, and Keto Scam

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  • Aug 03, 2022

Don’t Fall for the Reba McEntire ‘Sad News,’ CBD, and Keto Scam

Facebook users are reporting seeing paid ads falsely claiming that country music star Reba McEntire has experienced tragic news or a “sad end.” These ads lead to articles on pages that appear to be designed to trick people into thinking they’re reading FoxNews.com, Time.com, and others, when in reality they’re being sent to similar websites created by scammers. Such articles falsely claimed that McEntire endorsed CBD and keto gummies, sometimes referring to them as “gum candy.” In fact, McEntire had never experienced any tragic or tragic news and never endorsed these products.

In the past, scammers have used the image and likeness of other celebrities to sell CBD and keto gummies, usually with the same script as seen in this McEntire scam. We have seen the same scams with Tom Selleck, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Drummond and many others.

The first step in a scam is usually a Facebook ad that misleadingly claims there is some kind of sad or tragic news or perhaps some accusation against the celebrity, as we saw in this case with McEntire. One of the ads featuring McEntire says she met a “tragic end.”

Reba McEntire is sad news and a sad ending to false and fraudulent Facebook ads and she never endorsed CBD or Keto Gummies.
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After clicking on the false ad, users are redirected to the second stage of the scam. The second step is the fake verification article. This article may appear to be from a well-known news organization, but the story is actually hosted by scammers. In the past, we’ve seen articles designed similar to People.com, FoxNews.com, UsWeekly.com, ABCNews.com, CNN.com, and Time.com. The story usually falsely claims that the celebrity, in this case McEntire, is giving away free bottles of CBD or keto gum.

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The Time.com page was redesigned for a similar website hosted by fraudsters. In reality, Time.com had absolutely nothing to do with this scam.

The third step of the scam involves redirecting users from a fake celebrity endorsement article to a product order page. The product order page usually does not show the name of the famous person. In the past, we’ve found that purchasing bottles of CBD or keto gum on these types of product order pages enrolls customers in a trial program that charges a large recurring charge to their credit or debit card about 30 days later. .

There is probably a fourth stage in this scam involving the customer. Weeks later, as the customer who saw the fake celebrity endorsement desperately tries to contact the company to cancel the trial and future orders, they may have trouble finding the business’s phone number or email address. They may also post on social media to blame the celebrity for the ordeal, but still believe they endorsed the products.

Some of the products we saw scammers in various fake articles using McEntire’s image and likeness included Truly Keto Gummies, Natures Only CBD Gummies, Keto Blast Gummy Bears, Liberty CBD and Twin Elements CBD Gummies.

All in all, no, McEntire didn’t experience any tragic or sad news that led him to advocate CBD or keto gum. We recommend sharing your article with any family and friends who may be vulnerable to precision scams. Fake celebrity endorsements for CBD products and keto oils and gummies have been going around for years, and we advise everyone to steer clear of such offers.

Important: If you see any of these Facebook ads for CBD or keto gummies, please send us the link to the post. To copy a Facebook ad link, tap the three dots to the right of the post and select “Copy Link.” We prefer a link over a screenshot, as a link allows us to better analyze the current state of the scam. Thanks to all the readers who helped post tips on previous scams.

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