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New scam involves mail-order positive pregnancy tests

Updated: Wednesday, September 4 2013, 09:38 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman

HARRISBURG --   Positive pregnancy tests. For sale. On Craigslist.
One ad says, "want to play a joke on a spouse, ex or family member? this is a perfect way to do it."

"I like the ex thing, that would be pretty cool for a little while, but that would be gross, just gross." said Nicole Young, Susquehanna Township resident.

"Absolutely not! From a male's perspective, why trick them? Be honest and tell them the truth," said Phil Young, Susquehanna Township resident.

Young is a dad of two and says lying to someone about being pregnant is no laughing matter.

"It's not a good joke," said Phil.

Local Attorney Corky Goldstein says if a woman buys a positive pregnancy test to trick a man into marriage and he later finds out, he can file for an annulment, meaning the marriage never took place.

He can also try to sue her. As for the person selling it on Craigslist? They can get in trouble with the law as well.

"If they (the police) find out who this person is, or who the people are, who were doing that, criminal charges could certainly be brought against them for actually posting these and attempting to sell them," said Corky Goldstein, local attorney.

CBS 21 News found a woman selling a positive pregnancy test for $30. The ad states that she's from the Harrisburg area.

She and a CBS reporter had a text message conversation:

She said,  "You asked me to contact you?"
CBS 21: "Yes, can I meet up tonight to buy test...in Harrisburg right?"
She responded, "I am in Lancaster. I am not comfortable meeting in person, I can mail it to you."
CBS 21: "ok how do I pay?"
She said, "by PAYPAL"
CBS 21: "ok, let me think about it and how often do you do this?"
She responded, "It's pretty common."

Common or not, some people see it as just plain wrong.

"I think life is precious and to joke around about it is distasteful," said Scott Leipert, Etters resident.

Goldstein says doing this is considered fraud; some people think it's just plain gross.New scam involves mail-order positive pregnancy tests


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