Buying marijuana seeds online can be a safe experience if you are buying from a legitimate store. Scammers and hackers are out to cheat anyone for their money or personal info with the promise of cheap cannabis seeds. Many will make you think you are visiting a trusted site, but the site will take your credit info, address, and other vital data.
Fortunately, you can find a reputable online marijuana seed bank by knowing what to look for. Here is our legitimacy checklist to use when browsing seed banks.
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As a rule of thumb, avoid visiting any seed bank site through email or pop-up ads. Scammers use both mediums to go through the usual security checks and trick you into visiting their phishing site. Email companies may have some measure of stopping these kinds of emails to show on your main inbox. However, new fraud emails can go through these measures and make you think it is from a legitimate company.
If you did receive an email that seems to have a good offer, consider looking up the company through search engine sites. Many major search engines have measures of stopping phishing sites from showing on the result pages. Some will warn you if you are visiting a fake seed bank.
You can find genuine online marijuana seed banks at the top page of search engine sites when using general search terms. Top listed sites show that they have a significant amount of traffic and are proven to be authentic.
Scammers simply want to take your money or private information. They do not have time or energy when it comes to building customer rapport to a reputation in the community. They just need to present their site in a way to make you spend money or type in any useful details for them.
Spotting a fake website through how they are designed is often easy. Some will have sites that looked like it came from the late 90s. This includes a narrow looking page, flash splash screens, and random images of the cannabis seeds that a company is selling.
On the other hand, you might come across a fake site that has a decent design and may pass off as a reputable seed bank on the surface. You can check the legitimacy of the site by going through their text documents such as their terms and conditions as well as they’re about us. Scammers tend to save time by copy and pasting other seed bank’s documents onto their own phishing site. If you see any conflicting information such as the company’s name is different from the site’s branding, consider looking elsewhere. You might even see several grammar or spelling errors on the fine print of the site.
You will want to find a seed bank that has a professionally made website. In addition, all of the information on their text should match the branding and does not have any grammar or spelling errors.
Always keep an eye out for the HTTPS at the address bar of any seed bank. This indicates that the site has an SSL certificate that shows you are on a secured connection. The site encrypts any connection you send to them, which makes it virtually impossible for hackers to read your credit card number or personal info.
Remember, some scammers may have an HTTPS or SSL certificate on their phishing site. Do not immediately trust a seed bank or shop that shows you are on a secured connection. Simply tick this checklist and move on to look for other signs of a seed bank’s legitimacy.
Years in business
A trusted seed bank should at least be in business for a significantly long time. This means that the online store has had a healthy amount of transactions among many customers. In contrast, phishing sites are fly-by-night shops that are online for less than a year.
You have many ways to know how long a seed bank has been running. One of which is to check on customer feedbacks and reviews from marijuana listings. Feedbacks that are more than a year old or longer indicates that a seed bank has many years serving marijuana breeders and cultivators.
Another way is to look at the age of a website by checking their domain. You can do this by using a domain checker site that has an age checker tool. Simply type the domain or website address of a seed bank and you will see when the owner created the domain and how long it has been running.
Another way is to look up archival sites that gather snapshots of websites. These sites will show you how far back the site has been running and show you cache images of what an online shop looked like during a specific date. We highly recommend using this means of looking up a seed bank’s business age because it will show you if the site is still the same company throughout the time they are online.
Always check for businesses addresses and contact number listed on a seed bank. Trusted shops will put their physical locations and company number on their site.
It is important to note that scammers know buyers will also look for contact information on a site, which is why they often list made up addresses or phones numbers on the site. You can quickly look up an address through search engine sites. If you come up with results of the same company or a business that is also in the same marijuana industry as the seed bank, the address is legitimate.
Do not hesitate to dial the number listed on a seed bank to see if it is authentic. You want to receive an automated voicemail that will state the company’s name and will send you to a representative. A professional sounding voice at the other end of the line that will answer your questions and not be hesitant to end the call is a good sign. If the number is not in service or you reached someone who does not sound like customer support, be wary of the seed bank.
One way for scammers to run away with your money is to take money transfer or cryptocurrency payments. Both methods do not have any buyer protection means. In the case of money transfer, a scammer can use a fake ID to confirm their identity and receive your payments without any way of tracking them down. You also do not have any means of tracking cryptocurrency payments since there are no names or addresses tied to a wallet address.
A legitimate marijuana seed bank should offer credit card, bank transfer, and other secured payment options. Nothing is wrong with an online shop if they also take money transfers and cryptocurrency. If you choose to use these two payment options, make sure that the seed bank marks most of the box on your legitimacy checklist first.
You now have a good idea on what a legitimate cannabis seed bank should have. To quote Justin Timberlake: “Some people are just better high”. However, you are not doing yourself any favors by ignoring the signs allow yourself to become a target among many scammers. Always check on the site’s age, contact information, and their fine print. Be wary of seed banks with cheap looking website designs and lack of secured mode of payments.