Wherever there are honest people desperate for a solution, there will also be callous scammers looking to make some easy money. And in this post, the latest of our regular scam alerts, we look at the scammers who are raking in money selling fake fertility treatments and supplements.
Indeed, fertility scams are so prevalent that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have teamed up to tackle the problem. Just recently, five companies making false or claims that their products can cure infertility were sent warning letters about their conduct.
Sadly, people experiencing difficulty having a child are likely to try alternative fertility treatments if standard methods have failed. And, those that cannot afford expensive fertility treatments might be taken in by the tempting promises that the fertility scammers make about their products.
However, some of these so-called miracle fertility supplements are nothing more than vitamin pills at best. And, in some cases, the medication is harmful and can cause serious side effects.
How Do the Fertility Scammers Fool People?
As is so often the case with fraudsters, fertility scammers prey on people when they are most vulnerable. The bad guys know that people finding it difficult to start a family can feel helpless and desperate.
And, when people are desperate, they are more likely to believe the promises of guaranteed success that they would under normal circumstances recognize as being unrealistic.
So, when someone who has been trying for years to have a child sees an ad guaranteeing pregnancy for just $150, they grasp at that straw.
“Backed by Research” May Mean Nothing
Many fertility scams claim that their product is backed by clinical or scientific research. And, such claims make persuasive headlines. However, when you delve a bit deeper, you may find the research is at best tenuous, and at worst, non-existent.
The only research that is worth anything is independent, peer-reviewed research on the product itself. Yet, often you will find that the study referred to on scam sites has been carried out by the seller. Or, you might find that the claim relates to one single ingredient in the product, such as folic acid, which is readily available in other, much cheaper products.
So, it is best to research any claims of clinical trials or research. And, if you cannot find proof a reputable organization has independently tested the product, then the research claims are probably false or over-hyped.
There is No Such Thing as Guaranteed Results
Another sign that you are looking at one of the many fertility scams is promises of guaranteed results.
Scam sites will often offer a money-back guarantee because it suggests that the site is legitimate and the purchase carries no risk. The site might show a “pregnant with 30 days or money back” guarantee, for example.
However, the human body is highly complex, and everyone is different. So, no medical procedure or treatment can offer 100% guaranteed results. So, legitimate fertility treatments are unlikely to make such claims. And, anyway, the chances of getting a refund from a scam site are next to none.
Unbelievable Low Prices
Fertility treatments are not cheap. So, if you see an offer for egg donors, IVF, or surrogacy at unbelievably low prices, it is probably a scam. Some types of low-cost fertility treatments may even be illegal in some states. And, if you see a fertility supplement that guarantees pregnancy at a low cost, that too is unlikely to be of any actual use.
You will not find an effective, legal solution to fertility issues on Craigslist or in the personal ads. So, only use reputable, well-known fertility clinics for things like surrogacies and egg donors. These things are sensitive issues that must be appropriately handled by professionals.
Always Talk to Your Doctor First
The people behind fertility scams offer hope where none exists. The scammers know that people longing for a family will be willing to part with money to realize their dream. So, be wary of claims that seem too good to be true, unsubstantiated research, and unbelievably low prices. If you see an ad for fertility treatments, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other professional healthcare providers before you part with your money.
So, the message is clear, don’t take what you see on websites and ads at face value. Instead, do some background research before you divulge any personal information or buy any products. And be aware that scammers target people who are most likely to throw caution to the wind. And that includes people who are finding it challenging to have children.
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