A British news site recently warned men of a pregnancy scam in which women trick their partners into thinking they are pregnant and paying for an abortion.
The Daily Star reports women can purchase items online, such as positive pregnancy tests, silicone baby bumps and ultrasound photos, to aid in their pregnancy deception.
The items are advertised for pranks, but some people may use them for more manipulative reasons.
According to the report, “positive” pregnancy tests can be purchased on eBay for £11 (about $14), while another site offers “customized ultrasound scan images with the look and feel of a genuine scan picture.” The price is £49.99 (about $65).
Earlier this year, YouTube star Mike Fox, of Cambridge, England, shared how a former girlfriend tricked him into thinking she was pregnant.
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According to the report:
The 20-year-old said an ex had used a fake scan to worm her way back into his life.
Mike, of Cambridge, said: “She said she went to the doctors because she missed her period for two months and got a scan and showed me these scan pictures.
“The pictures showed a face, a hand, legs, arms – it showed me a baby. I just broke down.
“I didn’t know what to do, I was looking at a picture of my kid, my baby.”
Mike said he agreed to rekindle their relationship, but grew suspicious when there was no change in the woman’s body.
He finally realised he had been tricked when he discovered she was on her period.
Mike said: “I broke down, sat in the f****** toilet crying.”
Others reportedly have been tricked into giving their partners money to pay for an abortion when she was not really pregnant.
It is a cruel trick that not only takes money from the victim but also cruelly manipulates the victim’s emotions. Fathers often are negatively affected by the abortion of an unborn child. Studies indicate that men may suffer from depression, guilt and shame because of their role in their unborn child’s abortion death.