Millions of men are on the hunt for male enhancement pills that will make them longer, thicker and increase their stamina. If you’re one of these men, it’s important to be aware of the scams out there before you get roped in and ripped off. Learn why free trials are anything but free, the truth about fake doctors and the dangers of herbal male enhancement products.
“Free Trial!” – Free Trial Scams
There’s nothing more enticing than seeing a high-priced product available to try before you buy. While many reputable companies offer legitimate free trials to increase customer interest and sales, male enhancement scammers are only out for one thing: Your credit card number.
Once you call the 1-800 number or log on to the website for your free trial, they’ll snag your credit card number, send you out a few free pills (plus shipping and handling) and two days to a week later, you’re being billed the full amount for the second bottle of pills you didn’t order but are on their way.
Unfortunately, with male enhancement scammers, there’s no such thing as a free trial. Be sure to read the fine print before you order.
“You Can Cancel Anytime!” – Auto Billing Scams
Do you remember “Bob” from the Enzyte commercials? The one with the creepy, plastered-on smile and the great golf swing? The reason those commercials have disappeared from the air is because the original owner and CEO of Enzyte is behind bars for 25 years!
The term, “natural male enhancement” was coined by Steve Warshak who went from sleazy advertisements in the back of sex magazines like Hustler to a multi-million dollar corporation practically overnight.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make his money by selling a great product that works. Millions of men were roped in by the free trial, gave their credit card information and got a bill they never expected. When they tried to cancel, they were simply ignored.
Before the company was raided and shut down in 2005, Enzyte had stolen more than $200 million dollars from unsuspecting consumers.
Again, it’s important to read the fine print before giving your credit card information. When they say you can cancel anytime, what they don’t tell you is you’re going to end up having to cancel your credit card before the bills will finally stop!
Update: Enzyte is under new management and is now considered a reputable company with upstanding practices.
“Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.” – Fake Doctor Scams
Studies show that when a product is advertised or endorsed by a doctor, sales improve. Scammers like convicted felon and former CEO of Enzyte know this. According to the original advertisement, “Enzyte was developed by Dr. Fredrick Thompkins, a physician with a biology degree from Stanford and Dr. Michael Moore, a leading urologist from Harvard.”
The advertisements even included a photo of the doctor.
The sad truth is anybody with enough money to purchase a stock photo of an attractive middle-aged model wearing a lab coat can claim their product is backed by a doctor. They can then make the statistics and quotes up off the top of their heads just to sell a product.
When in doubt, do an Internet search of the doctor’s name to see if you can find any information on him before trusting his claims.
“But I Bought it From a Health Food Store!” – Counterfeit Products
Independent health food stores have been known to sell counterfeit products at very high price to unsuspecting men. The best way to be sure you’re getting value for your money is to stick with well-known chain stores like General Nutrition Center (GNC).
The same goes for male enhancement pills being sold on bidding websites. If you see a well-known brand selling way below cost, chances are it’s a counterfeit product. Move on.
“Discreetly Delivered Straight to Your Door.” – Mail Order Scams
If you’ve ordered anything from sex toys to male enhancement products, chances are, your name is on a mailing list that has been sold to dozens if not hundreds of companies selling similar products.
The sad news is a whopping 60% of pamphlets you receive urging you to buy male enhancement pills are a complete fraud.
The “doctor” is somebody’s plumber cousin dressed in a lab coat, the statistics were chosen at random, the testimonials were crafted by a freelance writer paid to invent them and the pills are made of sugar.
If you’re solicited by a company you’re not familiar with, do some serious research before buying from them or starting any type of “free trial”.
“But, It’s Natural” – Herbal Product Scams
There are natural herbs out there that have been proven to improve sexual performance and stamina. The problem is there are just as many if not more herbal product scams.
Any company can claim a product contains a powerful herb for natural male enhancement even if it contains only 0.001% of the herb. An unsuspecting man spends good money, tries it for a few weeks and nothing happens. He gets disgusted and thinks, “natural products don’t work.”
When searching for herbal male enhancement, check the ingredients carefully to find out how potent the product actually is before buying.
“Wait, It’s Not Natural?” – Drug-Laced Herbal Products
What’s even worse is some manufacturers of natural male enhancement who want to boost their sales and ratings lace their herbal products with prescription Viagra, Cialis or Levitra.
This can cause serious health risks to men who’ve been told by their doctor they cannot use a prescription pill because of their current health status or on account of the prescriptions their taking.
It’s so important to know what the ingredients are in any male enhancement pill, natural or conventional before trying or buying.
“It Comes With a Free Vacation!” – Telemarketing Scams
An even more disturbing trend is telemarketers calling unsuspecting customers telling them they’ll be given an all-expense paid trip to the Bahamas if they sign up for a free trail of pills.
The guy thinks, “Hey, sure. I’ll buy your free trial for $5 if I can go on vacation!” The problem? The free trial is just a way to get your credit card information. There is no vacation. It’s a time-share scam that never pans out. Now you’re stuck receiving shipments of a product you never agreed to pay for and they won’t cancel your order so you have to cancel your credit card.
“Bust Out of Your Jeans in Just One Week!” – Website Scams
Website scams pretty much run on the same principal as other male enhancement scams. You do an Internet search for male enhancement and see an ad pop up. You click on it and it takes you to a professional-looking website with a photo of an attractive, mature “doctor” or a good-looking younger man looking down to contemplate his business and begin to read about this amazing product that can take you from chipmunk to Clydesdale in just one week.
What they don’t tell you is that as soon as you sign up for the free trial, you’re hooked. They’ll keep billing you until you cancel….your credit card.
Don’t Be Fooled
There are plenty of scams out there. To avoid them, do thorough research on any company you’re thinking of buying from. If the claim sounds too good to be true (“grow 6 inches in 2 hours”) don’t believe it. Nothing works that quickly.
Don’t let them insult you either. Some scam artists use a medical term called hypospadias and use it interchangeably with the term “small penis”. In reality, hypospadias is birth defect characterized by the urethra forming on the underside of the penis. It affects only a fraction of the population and has nothing to do with size.