6 Male Enhancement Scams and How to Avoid Them

Fact Checked On: 6-10-2017 By: Rob Miller


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Let’s face it.

The marketing of male enhancement pills, creams, patches, and enlargement tools and techniques has become a multimillion dollar industry. When that much money is involved, there are bound to be unscrupulous people trying to take some of it for their own nefarious purposes. That’s not to say there aren’t legitimate male enhancement products available. It is to point out that you must keep your guard up when considering purchasing these products for your personal use.

Here are some of the most common scams I’ve come across in my years of researching these pills.

1.) Phony Endorsements on Amazonfake reviews

Amazon is a great place to buy things. You can shop conveniently from home, usually get the best price, and read reviews and testimonials from consumers who’ve actually used the product. Or have they? I have done a ton of research on hundreds of male enhancement supplements, and if there is one thing I can’t stand it’s fake ads on Amazon.

It’s usually very easy to pick them out. You start reading the reviews and they are all completely GLOWING and riveting testimonies as to how well a particular male enhancement product has worked. Literally, almost EVERY single review is nothing short of amazing.

But then, when you start looking to see what other products the “reviewer” has reviewed, it becomes apparently obvious that they probably work for the company, or were paid to leave a positive review. Typically, you’ll see that they haven’t left a review of any other product, and if they have, it’s usually a product that is sold by the same company of the one you were originally reading about.

Like the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is…Unfortunately, it’s very difficult for Amazon to differentiate between a “real” review and a “fake” review, so at this time you’ll have to use your wits to separate truth from reality.

Read our full post on how to spot fake supplement reviews on Amazon here.

2.) “Free” Trial Combo Offers

What can be better then learning if a product works without the financial commitment then trying it out for free? After all, you have nothing to lose, right? Well, think again…

Typically, a company that is offering a free “trial” or “sample” of their product is really just giving you a very set (and very short) period of time to try their product out before they end up charging you some ridiculous amount. It starts like this…1.) You come across an ad proclaiming that a particular male enhancement supplement works wonders, and the company is giving away free samples to prove it. 2.) All you have to do is put in your shipping info, and pay a small (usually $4 – $5) shipping charge and receive your free sample in just a few days.

3.) You receive your free “sample” a few days later, start trying it out, and realize it’s probably not working as well as you thought it would. No big deal, you only spent $5 on shipping, right? 4.) You login to your bank account and realize you’ve been billed upwards of $70, $80, and in some cases $90 for that very same product.

You try to contact the company and argue for a refund, to no avail…so now you’re out $90, and no results from it. Some guys end up losing alot more then that, and I’ve had guys email me saying they had been charged for months before they realized what was going on.

This is especially true of so called “combo offers” or combinations of 2 supplements that are said to give you some major increase in size in less then a month. Believe me, I have tested MANY of them, and NONE of them work the way they say it will. In fact, all they do is whop you with an additional charge, instead of just being charged for one product it’s now 2.

Check out my individual reviews of Xanogen and HGH Factor and Alpha Fuel XT and Orvigomax to see exactly what I’m talking about.

3.) Porn Stars Marketing Pills

porn starThere’s a certain porn star (who’ll remain anonymous here) who’s been peddling male enhancement pills since before you were probably even born. You’ve probably seen ads with him sprinkled all over porn sites, and he’s a bit of an ugly dude. This adult film actor in particular has apparently “spilled the beans” about sex pills in his tell-all website, and go’s on to promote a wide variety of products that he says work the best.

And why wouldn’t you believe him? After all, wouldn’t a guy with a big johnson be the most trustworthy source for anything and everything “male enhancement” related. Well, it turns out that this particular porn star does alot of bashing of products which he used to be a spokesman for in the past, and now all of a sudden he’s turning the tables and saying those products don’t work.

My guess is that, like most porn stars, he has probably not even used ANY of the products he’s claiming have worked the best. In addition, I am 99% sure he is a paid endorser of these blogs, so watch out!

4.) Using Some “Secret Trick” To Grow Your Penis

I get really infuriated when I see some a-hole pushing some “miracle trick to boost your penis size”. These idiots proclaim things like drinking grapefruit juice along with a male enhancement supplement will give you a huge increase in penis size. Really?? Grapefuit Juice?? Haha.

Another favorite of mine is called “penis confusion”…no, I’m not talking about a penis walking around confused about it’s whereabouts. I’m talking about guys that say you need to switch up your routine with penis enlargement exercises to get the best results.

For those of you who don’t already know, enlargement exercises are exercises you do manually with your hand to stretch the penis to a longer state. It works, I can attest to that, and I actually have a free “Enlargement exercises ebook” available if you’d like to learn more about them.

However, some of these guys are saying you need to “confuse” the penis by doing random things during / after these exercises, like shooting your load less then 30 minutes after cumming. Let’s make one thing clear…the penis is nNOT a muscle. It can’t be confused, it won’t respond to different “exercises” at different intervals or times of the day.

Any claim that it will is simply ridiculous.

5.) Counterfeit Products and Illegal Ingredients

Counterfeit products are a growing problem in the pharmaceutical industry. Not only are male enhancement supplements counterfeited and sold to unsuspecting customers, so are prescription medications. If you find a site selling the product you want for much lower than anyone else does, it’s probably fake.To avoid being taken in by these unethical sellers, buy directly from the manufacturer or from well-respected retailers.

Another common danger we find when testing and researching supplements is illegal ingredients being added to them. For instance, numerous male enhancement supplements have been found to illegally contain the ingredient Sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in big name erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra.

Some of these are even sold in some of the most well known stores in the US, including Walmart, Walgreens, GNC, and CVS.

They do this because they want their product to “work”, thereby selling more of it.

The problem with this is ingredients like Sildenafil have a wide range of side effects, and can interact with certain medications. This is the reason why you need to see your doctor first, before you can even obtain a prescription ED medication.

6.) Product Contamination and Ecoli Poisoning

ecoli poisoningSince many of the ingredients in various supplements are sourced in third world countries, often the quality is extremely low when compared to that in the
US. Why, you ask? Well, in the US, the government has strict regulation over the methods farmers grow their crops, and this tight regulation leads to formal and informal tetsing to assure that the product is made to a certain grade of quality.

Unfortunately, however, this same standard of quality is often not met in countries like China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and others. In fact, many of these ingredients are sourced in regions of the world that don’t even have running water, let alone strict measures to ensure product quality.

Because of this, there’s been numerous supplements that have been found to contain a wide range of harmful contaminants, including E coli, and dangerous levels of bitter orange, coltsfoot, and germanium. These can cause a very wide range of nasty side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, fever like symptoms, and in rare cases, death.

Learn What Ingredients Work

Erectile dysfunction wasn’t discovered in the 21st century.

Men have been coping with this problem for thousands of years. Most of the effective ingredients in today’s natural male enhancement supplements have been used throughout time to overcome problems of sexual function. Look for proven ingredients such as:

  • Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed)
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Niacin
  • Tribulus
  • Maca
  • Saw Palmetto
  • L-Arginine

These and a few others ingredients for male enhancement have passed the test of time. Read the labels carefully and look for ingredients that have been proven effective.

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First of all thanks for this article. It is helpful to know what is a scam. You are advicing Vigrx Plus to me and others. How do I know you aren't advertising for them? Could you explain me? Thanks in advance Jabba -Jabba


I do recommend VigRx Plus, and I do get a commission from them on sales that come through my website. I only enter into relationships like this with products that I've used and believe in, and the reviews on my website, whether purely informational or including personal results, are real. The scams I talk about in the article are very different than the personal recommendations I make.- Rob

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there a mail item sent to me X Philllon thriple effect glossy pictures big promises money back to good to be true?Testoterone XXX and Maca.Have you heard of this one?bad or garbage? -Rob


I would avoid this one.  I have heard negative things about their customer service.- Rob

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I ordereda 14 day free trial from PriaMax who after 14 days charged my credit card a womping !76.00 forn what I thought was a free trial. have their been other complaints about this company. -Cheryl


Yep, it's a very common scam, and extremely infuriating. The terms of the "free trial" deal are there on the website somewhere, but they do their best to keep customers from actually seeing it.- Rob

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Dear Mr Robe thank you for respond my Question if use the bathmate hydromax and vigrx plus everyday do you think well help me and have no said affect adem osman 6 jul 15 -adem


That's right, Adem.- Rob

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What do you think about or have you researched Rexadrene or SixeGenix or Pro Plus please let me know? Thanks Joe. -Joe


I would put them in the scam category for sure. Let me know what your goals are, and I'll recommend something better.- Rob

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Rob Miller founded SupplementCritique.com over 7 years ago, and has been the chief editor ever since. He has a diploma in Advanced Dietary Supplements Advisor, and worked at GNC for 3 years. He KNOWS supplements, both inside and out. Rob currently resides in Jupiter, FL, with his wife of 4 years.  Learn more about him in his Bio here. Follow him on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn, or find him on Google +.

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  1. Hello, I was using a product that had Tribulus in it, and when I would cum, I would unload so much sperm that I really felt Totally Relieved of All of my cum!!!! Where as now and before using it, I barely would shoot a table spoon full. The damn FDA took it off the market, for what reason I have no idea why and neither does the company that I was buying from….
    So can you please tell me, if there is anything like that product on the market today?

    I did see on the website a product claiming to that called, Liquid Steel for Men, a small bottle of 2oz, but, I didn’t want to buy 20 bottles minimum, at $2.00 per bottle, unless I really knew who has used it before.
    Please reply when you can.
    Thanks,
    Harold Pringle

  2. So i just got my 1 month supply in. Ill take it tonight before bed.

    How long do you think before i see results? I just don’t wanna give up too soon.

    I gave up on all the others. even Vital Khai. what’s your thoughts on that product?
      1. Rob, there’s a product called ‘TryVexan’ claming increased length in short periods, I tried looking up reviews but, all were written by the company or associates, its quite new, can you dig up info about this please. I’ve been doing your exercises for 5 weeks with no signs of increase, I know it’s still early, I guess we’re all looking for that magic potion.

        1. Hey David,
          Just took a quick look at TryVexan, and yeah, it’s total B.S. for a few reasons:

          1. There’s no credible 3rd party info on it, at all. As you mentioned, all of the sites that are “reviewing” it are selling it, and even the ones that don’t appear to be, their info is just straight up terrible (ie a lot of grammatical errors, conflicting claims, etc.).

          2. I can’t even find an official website. I’ve tried searching everything: tryvexan website, tryvexan official site, tryvexan free trial, etc. None of these searches are returning an official website for me.

          3. Any supplement that tells you in will increase length or girth is straight up lying to you. There is NO pill that will do this. I know this because we’ve tested virtually all of them, and none of them had any significant impact on size by themselves.

          I’m surprised you haven’t seen any results from the exercises yet. How often are you doing them? At the very least, you should be noticing that you’re lasting longer and have a bit improved libido. You may want to check out the use of either a water based pump called the Bathmate, or an extender device called Phallosan Forte. Personally speaking, I prefer the Bathmate. It’s easier to use, you only need to use it for 10 – 15 min. a day (as opposed to 4 – 6 HOURS a day with the extender), and it’s cheaper.

          Both will give you a “hands-off” approach to real enlargement, here’s my reviews of each:

          Bathmate – https://www.supplementcritique.com/bathmate-hydromax-xtreme-review/

          Phallosan Forte – https://www.supplementcritique.com/phallosan-forte-review-does-it-really-work/

          Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
          1. Rob, thanks for the reply, I though the same. I do the exercises, 3 days on 1 day of, 2 days on 1 day off.

            I have noticed I am able to hold back from climaxing longer due to the PC muscle workout.
          2. Rob, I purchased of of the Bathmate products & intend to use it every other day, when it coincides with a P. E. exercise day, is it better to the exercises first, then the Bathmate or visa versa, which is best for effectiveness?

          3. Hey David,
            That’s a good question, and I really can’t give you a definitive answer. I always did the exercises first and then followed up with the Bathmate (http://www.OfficialHydromaxPump.com), but I suppose it could be done the other way around. I would suggest trying it both ways and see what you feel comfortable with.
  3. This is a scam. These criminals will clear your bank account.

    Report them to the police.
    I have been a victim to the free trial combos mentioned above.

    Ordered varitonil and stamilin. Large amounts of money taken from my bank account without my knowledge.

  4. Rob, I’ve heard of another system called Penis Enlargement Remedy, which allegedly increases stem cells, is this a scam?
    1. Hey Dave,

      Manual exercises can help increase size, but the whole stem cell theory isn’t really supported by science, not when you’re talking about adult stem cells, which is what this program is about. I’ll send you my free enlargement ebook.

      It lays out an exercise program, and it’s free.
    1. Hey David,
      Yeah I’ve actually used it and it’s pretty good. Check out my detailed review here: https://www.supplementcritique.com/phalogenics-review/

      If you’re not interested in forking over the cash for their system, I have a great (and FREE) “Enlargement Exercises” ebook that’s very comparable to their system. There’s is more detailed and has more resources, but mine also has descriptions on how to do the exercises, as well as videos on how to perform them.

      You can sign up here: https://www.supplementcritique.com/free-enhancement-ebook/

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
  5. Hey man thanks for letting me and others know how to avoid scams. However, i still want to buy a male enhancement pill.

    Im asian and unfortunately i have a smaller penis than others. And i have been looking around on a couple of websites and i found a product named ‘progentra’.

    If you have any time, can you do some research on that product? Please i really want to have a bigger penis

    1. Hey James,
      It’s complete crap, trust me. I used it awhile back, and even had a review of it. Well, the people behind it sent me a letter threatening a lawsuit if I didn’t remove my review. I actually thought about approaching my states attorney general about it (I’ve actually spoken with her in the past about certain supplements), but didn’t want the hassle so I just removed it.

      It will NOT give you a bigger penis, trust me. If you’re looking for bigger size, check out the products on this page: https://www.supplementcritique.com/male-enhancement-products-to-help-gain-size/

      Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
    1. Hey Mark,

      Yes, it’s safe. A testosterone booster can really help augment the help you’ll get from a performance enhancer like VigRx Plus.

  6. Hello,
    I see now that you endorse vigrx plus. I am interested to try out two packages.

    I tried out different sorts of enhancement pills, but they didn’t help to penetrate or maintain an erection. Does this product help with impotence caused by anxiety?

    I am 60 years old and never was able to have sex. I am physically fit.

    No diseases. Do you recommend Vigrx plus or another product in my case?

    Thanks.
    Thanks.

    1. Hey Robert,
      Yeah I would actually recommend you take Vigrx Plus (www.VigrxPlus.com) along with a substance called Phenibut. The Vigrx Plus will help with libido, stamina, etc., and the Phenibut will completely eliminate your anxiety. As far as how to take it all, I would recommend you take the Vigrx Plus everyday, and the Phenibut on the days you’re planning on having sex.

      You would take the Phenibut as early as possible that day, and a typical dose to get rid of your anxiety is anywhere from 500 – 800 mg.

      My preferred vendor for Phenibut is Absorb Your Health, check out their site here: https://www.absorbyourhealth.com/product/phenibut/?ref=4349

      And here’s my Vigrx Plus review in case you haven’t seen it: https://www.supplementcritique.com/vigrx-plus-review/
  7. Hey James,
    What you were reading was a fake article, trust me. The internet is littered with these fake ads, and at first glance they look really convincing. Did it look anything like this: https://www.supplementcritique.com/test-boost-elite-review/

    If so, it’s likely a scam.

    If you’re looking for an effective testosterone booster that will do all those things, check out a supplement called Testofuel. I’ve personally tested well over 2 dozen of these products, and it was by FAR the best.

    Here’s my review: https://www.supplementcritique.com/my-personal-testo-fuel-review-and-results
  8. I enjoy your Q&A posts. I have had a complete Thyroid removal with no signs of cancer and am taking a daily supplement.

    I would like to know if you think the VigRx Plus will help my libido problems.
    1. Hey Dan,

      My guess is that it will help because there’s no reason why your thyroid issue should make you resistant to the ingredients that make it work. That said, check with your doctor to make sure there are no contraindications with your daily thyroid medication.

  9. Love your SupplentCritique! There are 2 porn stars that are actively marketing products:

    Ron Jeremy has 2 pill products, Size Genix and Loads.

    Each product seems to contain a lot of beneficial herbs.

    Aaron Wilcox is promoting a product called “3 Step Stamina” which is a combination of his purported secrets to staying hard and performing and foods to eat. His product is currently selling for $39LEANdot95.

    I have spent several years researching ingredients that in what seem to be the best erection pills. Have been buying the ingredients mostly from Swanson.

  10. Alpha Max, is it worth my Money and my time. If not, suggest something that you think will work for me.

    Viagra 100mg doesn’t do a DAMN thing for me.
  11. Thanks for the quick response! My goal is 3 Inches in length and 3 Inches in Girth.

    What do you reccomend that really does work? Looking forward to the answer, Thanks so much for the help Joe!!

    1. Hey Joe,
            First off, I would recommend you pick up either a water based pump called the Bathmate, or an extender device called Phallosan Forte.  Personally speaking, I prefer the Bathmate.  It’s easier to use, you only need to use it for 10 – 15 min. a day (as opposed to 4 – 6 HOURS a day with the extender), and it’s cheaper.
       
      Here’s my reviews of each:
       
      Bathmate – https://www.supplementcritique.com/bathmate-hydromax-xtreme-review/
       
      Phallosan Forte – https://www.supplementcritique.com/phallosan-forte-review-does-it-really-work/
       
      Combine it with a high quality supplement like Vigrx Plus for improved blood flow and libido, and you’ll start seeing results in no time. 
       
      Here’s my review of Vigrx Plus:  https://www.supplementcritique.com/vigrx-plus-review
       
      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com
  12. Have had a problem with keeping erections started taking l arginine (3000mg daily) and citrulline complex (3200 mg) also add vitamine E. I have noticed harder erections after 2 weeks and last a bit longer but if i add the other supplements (horney goat weed, tribuls ext…)to my daily intake would it work better or would it not matter?

    Im not much worried about size just keeping my erections longer. Im 42 and my wife is 24 i got to keep up.

    By the way thanks for the e book and all the information you provide your awesome.
    1. Hey John,

      Mainly what you’ll get from those additional supplements would be increased libido, which does have a residual benefit of better erections. If you do decide to add something, take a look at VigRx Plus. It’s the best combination of natural ingredients I’ve used.

      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com
    1. Hey Madan,

      I haven’t had a look yet, but I’ll put it on the list and shoot you an email when I post my review to the website.
      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com

  13. Hello
    I am 21 years old
    .due to much more mastrubution using hand and addiction habbit like smoking
    .I lose my confidence in sex. Now I am suffering problems like no eriction and ED.my penis size going to small like little boy.there is no erriction or desire.I am just like an one minute men
    Please suggest.how to recover from this..

    1. Hey Manoj,

      Sorry to hear about your troubles. Sign up for my Penis Enhancement eBook for an exercise program that might help you get back on track. As for supplements, go with VigRx PLus. It’s all natural and it’s been proven to help you get better erections.

      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com
  14. Hey Rob, just wondering if you’ve tried using L-Arginine & Creatine while using a pump or stretching device? It makes sense….

    L-Arginine increases your blood flow and Creatine helps with muscle recovery. I’m just starting a program of pumping & stretching & exercises, while using both supplements.

    Will be interesting to see the results after 6 months. 😀

    Dr
    1. Hey Buddy,

      L-Arginine will definitely help because of the increased blood flow, but creatine is a different story. The penis is not a muscle so creatine won’t affect it the way it affects muscle.

      In fact, the potential for bloating caused by creatine might even lead to your penis looking smaller as the rest of you looks more bloated. It wouldn’t cause an actual shrinkage, just the appearance of one.


      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com
  15. on 3 Jul 15 I received bathmate hydromax I used twice
    is very hard to use it but today i have an email from you and read more I found more comfortable and more usefully #3 size genetics #1 VigRX plus can I change my hydromax with size genetics and vigrx if possible please yours adem date 5 Jul 15
    1. Hey Adem,

      We don’t sell products, we are just a review website. You’ll have to work through the companies directly to place orders. Unfortunately, Bathmate, SizeGenetics, and VigRx Plus are made and sold by three different companies, so you won’t be able to exchange one product for another.

      Rob
      SupplementCritique.com

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