Anatomy Of A Penis Pill Swindle
from the enlarge-this dept
If you get spam, and you probably do, you’ve almost definitely received plenty of messages offering to enlarge certain anatomical assets… some of which you might not have, depending on your gender. MSNBC, continuing their “all scams, all the time” coverage, has the story behind one such company pitching these pills via spam that has been shut down. First, the stunning part. They actually sold $74 million worth of this crap. The company sold penis enlargement and breast enlargement pills, along with pills to make you taller, hairier or to improve your golf game. The company made 90% of their revenue selling the penis pills, though. To the surprise of absolutely no one, researchers discovered that all of the pills were exactly the same. Despite claims on the website, there was no scientific proof that the pills did anything – and, in fact, the ingredients were chosen by looking at other similar products on the web and choosing similar ingredients. Even worse, most people admit that the company wouldn’t have been shut down if they hadn’t also been fraudulently charging customers’ credit cards after they had called to cancel their “auto delivery” of more such pills. So, let’s see… the company was selling bogus pills with bogus claims on their website, they were spamming, and they were fraudulently charging credit cards. Sounds like a real winning organization. Meanwhile, the FTC ignored this case because they felt that there was no immediate harm being cause to those suckers who bought into the claims. Instead it was local authorities in Arizona who finally took the company down.