The website claims to offer "the best gag gifts on Earth," but nobody thinks this so-called prank site is funny. It's called Fake a Baby, and advertises itself as "Home of the $9.95 Fake Ultrasound."
"Need a Bun in the Oven? We Can Help!" the site declares. "How Can I Get His Attention? We Can Help!" Well, it helped one Michigan teenager perpetuate quite a scam.
Using Fake a Baby products, she convinced many in her town that she was pregnant with triplets. A local TV station reported that the community helped her with money and gifts, and her family even threw her a baby shower.
Her Fake a Baby gear helped her tummy look like she was on track for triplets, and she had the ultrasounds to prove it. Her 16-year-old boyfriend was appropriately freaking out.
The supposed dad-to-be's mom was getting suspicious. She couldn't find the doctor who was supposedly taking care of the "pregnant" teen girl.
Things got even more suspicious when, after 10 months, she still hadn't had the triplets. She fed her boyfriend a story, but her nearly year-long ruse was about to end.
She'd joined a "Moms of Triplets" Facebook page and posted the ultrasound. Someone on there figured out they were the same triplet ultrasounds sold by Fake a Baby, and the jig was up.
The local police chief told the Washington Post that no one had come forward to say they'd donated money and wanted it back, so they couldn't charge the teen with fraud. Meanwhile the Fake a Baby site is still up and running.
After the Washington Post reported on the Michigan teen's story, the Fake a Baby site posted "A little note from the Creater [sic] of FakeaBaby.com." It begins, "Recently we have been getting a lot of attention in the press..."
The "creater," one Michael Bob Stevens, writes that the products sold by Fake a Baby are for "ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY." He also writes that the company will support law enforcement when the products are used for scams.
Nonetheless, the homepage of the site still says, "Why make em laugh when you can make em cry?" We think it's despicable, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.