‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Featured in Phony CBD Gummies Endorsement
Food blogger Ree Drummond, also known as “The Pioneer Woman”, has endorsed CBD gummies.
On June 28, 2022, we received a letter from readers informing us that scammers were using the image and likeness of food blogger, author and Food Network TV host Ree Drummond to sell a supposed “dementia solution” called Condor CBD Gummies. Drummond, also known as “The Pioneer Woman”, has never endorsed CBD gummies or a “dementia solution”. It was nothing more than a scam.
The reader who emailed us included a screenshot of an article showing a photo of Drummond and his name. The article was deceptively designed to mimic the Fox News website and was hosted on j40ev2.com. The web domain may have been registered in China. Fox News has nothing to do with the scam.
The headline of the bogus Fox News article read, “Ree Drummond overturns dementia solution, sparks huge legal push against Fox, finally defends herself on air. This was essentially the same CBD gummies scam that previously featured “Jeopardy” host Mayim Bialik.
It is unclear how the scammers directed users to the article which used Drummond’s image and likeness. However, if the past scam that featured Bialik was any guide, there may have been misleading ads on Facebook that falsely claimed Drummond’s Food Network TV show was ending due to unspecified “allegations”. The scammers may also have been misleadingly announcing that Drummond was dead, as we have seen with other death hoaxes that have led to CBD scams. In reality, there were no “allegations” against Drummond, her show wasn’t ending, and she was alive and well.
In our research, we found a number of fraudulent Facebook pages which mentioned Drummond and CBD gummies. Based on when multiple pages were created or renamed, it looks like this scam started mid-June 2022 at the earliest.
We contacted Hearst Digital Media to inform them of the scam. Publisher hosts “The Pioneer Woman” Blog. We also requested a statement, which we will add to this story if we receive a response.
In sum, Drummond and her brand, “The Pioneer Woman”, have never endorsed Condor CBD Gummies or any other similar product.
Note: If readers spot this CBD gummies scam or others like it, please contact us. If possible, please include a direct link to the Facebook ad or to the page hosting the ad. Unlike a screenshot, a link will allow us to fully explore the issue.
“Ree Drummond.” Food Networkhttps://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/ree-drummond.
The pioneer woman. Hearst Digital Media, https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/.