Montpelier — Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board recently received notification of a scam targeting prospective participants in the adult-use cannabis marketplace. A caller reached out to a Vermont business claiming to be from the Board and demanded cash and other information from the business, including photographs of their premises, in order to avoid further fines.
The Board does not and will not demand money over the phone, according to Nellie Marvel, Outreach and Administration Manager for the Board in a news release. The Board will never call, email, or text to demand cash, assets, or personal information without giving someone time to consider their options as part of a clearly established adjudicative process.
Anyone with questions about a caller claiming to be from the Board — or other questions about Board policy — is encouraged to reach out at CCB.Info@vermont.gov, or call 802-636-7548.
Anyone who believes they have been the target of a scam should reach out the Vermont Attorney General’s Office at https://ago.vermont.gov/cap/stopping-scams/.
For more information on avoiding scammers, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scam.