DENVER, COLORADO — Better Business Bureau serving Denver/Boulder is providing an update to a consumer alert issued on September 15, 2017 regarding the website legitsalechemsuppliers.com. Based on a Scam Tracker report received in December, BBB is extending its previous alert to include the website http://apvpresearchchemicals.com. Consumers are advised to avoid doing businesses through either website. Both sites claim to represent US-based research chemical vendors that sell and discreetly ship controlled substances worldwide. Among the substances they advertise are crystal meth and “bath salts,” a category of synthetic psychoactive drugs. So far, BBB has yet to receive confirmation that any consumer has actually received an order placed through either online business. However, consumers potentially violate state and federal drug laws by doing business with these websites, even if language found on the sites implies that they operate within the law. Further, consumers who lose money through the sites may be reluctant to report their experiences due to the potentially illegal nature of their transactions. The December Scam Tracker complainant alleges that after placing an order through apvpresearchchemicals.com, he began to receive text messages from a phone number matching one advertised on the website. According to the complainant, the messages insisted that the he pay additional shipping-related fees and that he make his payment via wire transfer instead of by credit card. The complainant allegedly lost $750 to the online business. BBB found aspects of legitsalechemsuppliers.com and apvpresearchchemicals.com to be remarkably similar.The two businesses employ similar language and make almost identical claims online. For example, the text of each website’s “about us” section is nearly uniform, with only a few exceptions where terms have been substituted for one another. In addition, both websites claim false business addresses that are actually the locations of legitimate Denver-area liquor stores. The sites are also close to one another in terms of their layouts, as well as the lists of substances they advertise for sale.BBB has been unable to find a registration with the Colorado Secretary of State that is associated with either online business. BBB offers consumers tips for purchasing medications online, and urges consumers to consult the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of US controlled substances before purchasing medications or chemicals in any setting. Finally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers a variety of resources for those struggling with substance abuse or addiction.