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Scams targeting cannabis establishments


CCB Staff have been made aware of scams targeting cannabis businesses in Vermont.

Scammers posing as utility companies place phone calls, often knowing key account details as well as the fact that the business is cannabis-related. Some reports have said the phone calls also spoof a local number. The callers then demand payment under threat of the power being shut off. One report detailed that the caller specifically mentioned a cannabis fee for power.

This is just one of other scams that the CCB has learned of. We urge all licensees to use extreme caution when accepting calls from a supposed utility company or any company seeking payment.

The Vermont Attorney General’s website has many resources about scam recognition and prevention, as well as a form for reporting scams.