For sale: positive pregnancy tests?

By: Ross McLaughlin


ATLANTA -- Being pregnant is no joking matter but some people think so. We discovered bizarre ads on Craigslist posted by people trying to sell positive pregnancy tests.

We're not kidding. Is it for fun, for profit or deception? Our Center for Investigative Action sought answers in an undercover investigation.

"How long have you been pregnant?" asked investigative reporter Ross McLaughlin, while sitting in a booth across from a well dressed young woman at an Atlanta restaurant.

"I'm 7 months," she replied.

The woman had posted an ad on Craigslist offering to sell a positive pregnancy test for $30.  Her post suggested it could be a fun Halloween prank.

"It's a sick prank. It's bad judgment,"said family law attorney, Jody Miller.

We found 8 different ads posted on Craigslist in the Atlanta area, all peddling the same thing - positive pregnancy tests. One writes; 'wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question?' Another is selling 'positive pregnancy test and pregnant pee'. Prices range from 20 to 40 bucks. No questions asked. Do what you please with it.

"How did you get the idea?" McLaughlin asked the seller.

"I was googling," she said, adding that she needed the money. "I just mailed one. I sent one through the mail on Saturday."

"Do they ever tell you anything?" McLaughlin inquired.

"I don't ask. I don't ask." she responded.

In fact she thinks some people want to use the positive pregnancy test as a joke.

Miller doesn't think it's a joking matter.

"To someone who might be willing to believe that, it could be very emotionally devastating!" Miller responded.

There is potential for abuse. Someone could use the positive test to profit, by trying to get money for medical expenses, trick someone into marriage or even claim to need money to terminate the so-called pregnancy.

While it's not illegal to buy or sell positive pregnancy tests, we wondered if Craigslist has an obligation to pull the ads.

We called and emailed to find out their response because we want to hold them accountable. Though, by their own admission, they have the right, but not the obligation to regulate content. We are still waiting for their answer.

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