Some have allegedly used them to trick husbands and boyfriends. Manypeople think they are a cultural low. First Coast Investigates anexplosion of items on the market to help women fake pregnancies.
Theads are straightforward. One on Craigslist from Ocala, Florida, says"I'm pregnant and willing to sell you my pee or positive pregnancytest." For just $10 it could be yours.
Another Craigslist postssays, "I am currently pregnant and am willing to sell the positivepregnancy test to any women in need of it...no questions asked!!!!"
"Theycould be pulling a prank on their boyfriend, scaring them to see hisreaction...blackmail, extort money from boyfriends, past boyfriends. Hey,I'm pregnant. Here's the proof," said Mark Melvin when First Coast Newstold him about the posts.
According to a pregnant woman who doesn't want to be identified there's a market for them.
"Due to complications of pregnancy I'm unable to work so I'm selling these to pay bills" her listing says.
Weresponded to the post on Craigslist, drove to Orlando and met the womanwe'll call "Sarah" outside of a gas station. We gave her the unopenedpregnancy tests we brought with us. She took them into the bathroom andwalked out a short time later.
In exchange for $25 she gave us two positive pregnancy tests.
Thedisclaimer on her post says the tests are for prank purposes only andnot for anyone under 18. She declined to talk on camera but agreed to aphone interview.
"Obviously even if it is a prank is to makethem think they are pregnant, that's the purpose of the prank, butthere's no way that it would go further hopefully if their significantother was intelligent enough they would go to the doctor's office withthem," explained Sarah.
But you don't need a pregnant woman to get your hands on a positive pregnancy test.
A listings on eBay has a video demonstrating how the bogus tests work.
"This is plain tap water. Any liquid will trigger this test to come up positive"
Thefine print says, "These tests could potentially cause emotional stressor negative consequence if used irresponsibly. You, the purchaseracknowledge and warrant that you are 100% responsible for any adversereaction or damages incurred by inappropriate use."
So are they illegal?
"It'smy understanding it's legal to sell them but the people who are buyingthem are buying them for deceptive purposes," said adoption attorneyMichael Shorstein.
He explained when it crosses the line.
"Itcomes in when the person who has bought it and knows they are notpregnant goes to use it to procure funds. That is deception. It'sillegal. "
In Florida an adoption deception law passed just last year makes it a felony to procure living expenses of more than $300 .
"InFlorida there is money from the government, Choose Life Funds forexample and they can go to agencies and all they have to say is, I'mpregnant will you help me and these agencies will give the money awaybecause it's not their money, it's the state's money and it's allocatedto them just for that purpose."
Shorstein says the sale of thesecontroversial items has become prolific and directly impacts how he andmany in the adoption arena now do business.
"We are petrifiedbecause of all of this material is out there. When a mother comes to usnow, we will no longer accept medical records or any other informationdirectly from her. We will now send a release directly to the doctor orlab so we get it from them. We don't trust anything we get from anindividual," Shorstein said.
It's not just parents trying to adopt who could be impacted.
Shorstein says the fake items could be used to pressure a boyfriend into marriage, get money from family or friends, and more.
"Itcan affect people in a number of ways. One financially. Number two,emotionally because people who buy it can also go to their employer forexample if they know their job is in jeopardy. If someone came to me asan employer and said I'm pregnant well all of a sudden a job that wasinsecure becomes secure."
With the click of a mouse you can orderfake bellies to make it look like you are pregnant, even fake DNAtests, prescription bottles and authentic looking ultrasounds that canbe customized with your doctor's name and your personal information.
"What's your word of warning for people think about buying this and using it for deceptive purposes?"
"Don't. It's illegal it's a crime and you can go to jail," warned Shorstein.
Firstfor you, Shorstein says a victim could ultimately go after the personwho sold the questionable pregnancy tests or fake documents.
Hisadvice is don't sell them and don't buy them, and if someone claims tobe pregnant and you have doubts he says get an independent pregnancytest which is very inexpensive and could save you a lot of heartache andmoney.