Post updated 18 March 2018 to change layout slightly to clarify and post new spam campaign information.
I am seeing a rather large Scam Spam campaign hitting UK. The aim of the campaign is to get you to visit a website selling what they allege to be “Medical Marijuana” and saying it is 100% legal in UK to purchase it. It is NOT legal. Is 100% a scam and is intended to steal your money. They only accept bitcoin. All reports say that you never get the product you order, instead, after paying for the cannabis you get another request for £200 – £250 delivery charge. If you look at the multitude of comments on this page, there are several other “companies” or websites also scamming unsuspecting users.
Warning note: Cannabis is illegal in UK at this time. Using, Smoking and Selling cannabis is illegal. Some UK police forces are alleged to turn a blind eye to individual users smoking cannabis. Do not rely on that.
This site is not the correct place to carry out any discussions on whether cannabis should be legal, or whether it has its use as a medical product. we all have our own opinions on that. I don’t know enough about the subject to make any valid comments.
There have been recent reports in the UK media about a slight relaxation or more leniency in granting individual licences for use of Cannabis extracts for some medical conditions. The scammers always take advantage of such heart tugging news stories and try to make you think that this will apply to everyone.
This site is simply warning you of a currently running scam, stealing money from you for a currently illegal substance in UK.
There are hundreds of different urls in various emails. This campaign has been running since at least December 2017 and has continued almost daily since then. The criminals are using various different urls and slightly different wording in emails.
The latest I am seeing ( March 2017) is
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They all redirect to the one website in question https://www.theherbalclinic.org/uk
None of the so called Doctors listed on the about us page https://www.theherbalclinic.org/uk/about-us appear to be based in UK or registered in UK as a doctor. They all appear to be based in USA.
While the company listed on the contact page might be a UK registered company, I very much doubt they have a licence to sell Marijuana via the internet. All the information that I can see anywhere says that Marijuana is still illegal in UK. Any medical trials using it are using certain extracts and are being done by well known drug companies. I find it extremely hard to believe that the UK authorities will allow internet sales of “weed”
My gut feeling is that the contact details on the website are to a genuine company but this company is not the one that is “selling” the cannabis. This looks to me to be a big scam
Update: I received a threatening message via Facebook messenger ( which I don’t use) which I never saw until today, 9th March 2018, because messages on Facebook are only allowed from friends. This message was sitting in the “review or hold folder”.
If the “owner” of UK Medical Marijuana has a problem with his details being used on a fake site, he should take it up with the scammers, not threaten a security researcher reporting on a scam affecting potentially hundreds or thousands of people.
I have added a caption to the screenshot making it 100% clear that the information was taken from the contact us page of https://www.theherbalclinic.org/uk
There is lot of confusion over whether CBD is legal in UK and able to be supplied by anybody except a licenced and registered doctor for specific conditions. I don’t know enough about it to get involved in a dispute or argument, This is not the correct place to discuss it. I report on scams & malware. From the comments on this page, you can see that many people have been fooled by several companies alleging to supply Medical MariJuana in UK.
Here are 2 links with opposing views. Make up your own minds if it is legal after consulting with an appropriate legal advisor (a qualified Solicitor in England)
The website theherbalclinic.org was registered on 8 December 2017 using namecheap as registrar, using privacy protection. It is hosted behind Cloudflare so we can’t easily determine the actual web host
Update 18 March 2018: Currently theherbalclinic.org is hosted on OVH 188.8.131.52 and is no longer behind cloudflare. however lookups show it being redirected via a 301 permanent redirect but I cannot easily find out where to.
Update 28 April 2018: I can no longer get any response from theherbalclinic.org although IP lookups still show it pointed to OVH on 184.108.40.206. We continue to see comments almost daily about other companies using similar scams to rip off unsuspecting victims.
This is either the biggest scam going where they will take your money & run away, knowing that nobody can complain to the police about being ripped off buying an illegal substance. Or they have the biggest set of brass ones going, with such a blatant approach. I am 100% convinced that there will be knock on their front door within a very short time.
All the reviews and comments on the sales pages are dated before the actual website went live or the domain was registered. Many by several months.
The only “legal” cannabis extract on sale or available in UK ( currently) is described https://medicalmarijuana.co.uk/legal/uk-medical-cannabis-guidelines/ This scam definitely does not fit those guidelines
This is definitely buyer beware. Don’t be stupid enough to fall for this scam or get involved in this criminal activity.
I was a bit bored so decided to do a “test” purchase using what are obviously fake details to see what happened.
After selecting one of the cannabis links, you get various questions asked to see if you comply with the medical requirements. These are simple tick box answers.
After 3 or 4 questions you are always automatically approved. Then get sent to a confirmation & payment page where you see they only accept Bitcoin & give instructions on how to buy Bitcoins & transfer to these criminals and scammers.
The use of Bitcoins are a favourite method of payments used criminals because it is virtually impossible to track down them via the payment systems. It is totally anonymous.
I still don’t fully know if this is a total scam to get money from you or whether it is a 100% illegal method of selling cannabis in UK. many comments on this page say it is a total scam and you never get what you ordered. just another bill for an extra £200 – £300 for delivery, either from this site or other websites with similar content.
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