You seek help online to improve your sex life, learn to last longer in bed or enlarge your penis? Many men do, unfortunately a part of the industry offering solutions is pretty shady or simply sells snake oil that costs a lot but doesn’t work. How to distinguish the good offers from the bad ones? It sounds easier than it is because some companies advertise their products in very creative and sometimes illegitimate ways.
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How to spot male enhancement fraud?
In general, there are some methods to get a bigger penis that work well and some that simply don’t. Make sure to be informed upfront which ones you should avoid, we have a huge in-depth article about this right on the homepage of this site, reading it will save you a lot of money and frustrating experiences.
In general, there are always the same warning signs for fraudulent offers:
- If a website advertises something as doctor approved, you should have a close look which doctor recommends the product and if she or he really exists. Hiring a doctor from a poor third world country to give a raving testimonial only costs a few hundred dollars and that’s certainly not a trustworthy testimonial. Additionally, you can buy so called stock photos to use on a website showing doctors for a few dollars, someone with a white coat on a website doesn’t mean the product is working, medically approved or even FDA approved.
- Especially fake pharmacies tend to advertise illegal copies or generics with images of the real products. Most offers of Viagra or Cialis fall into this category, pretty much all websites offering these prescription only products without prbescription are run y criminals. Apart from legal problems, they are often low quality generics or copies manufactured in labs that don’t meet western quality standards and may be dangerous for your health. In addition, many just take your money and run with it. Since they are often located in countries that ignore legal assistance request from the US, getting your money back is impossible.
- Always make sure to read the fine print. Many male enhancement pills and non-prescription remedies are sold as recurring offers, once you order a bottle, they’ll send you bottles and keep billing your credit card every month. Even more sneaky, often you are offered a free sample and then ask for your credit card data, pretending it’s for verification purposes or similar. Once they got your data, you’ll face serious problems to cancel the subscription, often chargebacks are the only solution till these guys give up on trying to steal your money.
- In general, make sure the company you are buying from uses a reputable billing provider like Payments by Amazon, Paypal, Clickbank. These billing companies have very customer friendly terms and conditions, are willing to help you if these is a problem with the seller. They even ban sellers who don’t play by the rules.
- A company shipping physical products should have a proper address for returns, a refund policy, general terms and conditions, a phone number. If these pages are missing or read like a bad machine translation, be careful. Especially fake online shopping website from China often lack any transparency.
- Everybody wants to show the strengths and positive aspects of a product, but if advertised results sound too good to be true, be careful. Make sure to look for really independent reviews. Fake reviews on Amazon or Ebay have become a major problem over the last years, even verified buyer reviews can be fake. Detecting fake reviews isn’t easy, but sometimes you’ll recognize a similar style, very bad English, the same words being used again and again. Use common sense.
- Too many superlatives. If something is advertised as the best, fastest, most effective, strongest and so on, it rarely is.
- Buttons like “100% money back guarantee” or “90 days money back guarantee” can be created in Photoshop in a minute and aren’t worth a dime if this guarantee isn’t mentioned in the terms and conditions. A common fraudulent offer is the “unopened bottle guarantee”. You can send back the product at your own cost and get your money back, but only if the product is still sealed. Now, how can you test a sealed product? Right, you can’t, so the moment you open it, this guarantee is void.
- Reputable websites will ask you for data in the billing process, they usually do it in one big form. The rip-off sites often split this process, they first ask for your email only, so they can spam you in case you interrupt the order process.
- Again, use common sense, if some advertisement tells you that it’s possible to grow your penis by 5 inches in 4 weeks, you know that’s a lie and products sold with lies never work.
What to do when you already got ripped off?
Usually, solving problems directly is the best way, but trying to find a solution with con artists rarely works.
Make sure to post a review of your experience online to warn others, on Amazon, Google or Ebay you can do this without any further registration with your existing account. If the company you had a bad experience with is located in the US, the Better Business Bureau accepts complaints, too.
In case of fraud, calling your credit card company to do a chargeback and block future transactions is often the only way to get back your money. Trying to get a voluntary refund by contacting the seller is the easier way and worth a try, but don’t wait too long since the time limits for chargebacks are 60-75 days for the most popular credit cards.
Last but not least, you can always leave a comment here in case you are a victim of male enhancement rip-offs. We don’t censor comments, so if you made really bad experiences, sharing them with others may at least help others to avoid these offers.