A relatively recent scam to rear its ugly head revolves around fake steroids.
Simply put, some supplement manufacturers are naming their products after well-known steroid compounds. These products have absolutely nothing to do with the steroid compounds that share their name. They have simply been given the same name to trick naive shoppers into paying their inflated price tags.
We think that steroids are extremely dangerous. We don’t believe that any individual should be using them for any length of time (unless prescribed them by a real medical doctor for a genuine medical reason). However, people are going to continue to purchase them online. So long as this is true, this scam will continue to take money from unsuspecting, innocent people.
A few examples will probably help you get the gist of how this scam works.
Fake Natural Steroids – A Few Examples
The biggest example of this scam is without doubt a brand called Crazybulk.
If you take a look at the Crazybulk website, you’ll see their extensive range of natural testosterone boosters. However, they don’t look much like natural testosterone boosters:
As you can see, the products all have names that are either extremely similar or identical to well-known, widely-used anabolic steroids.
They don’t have the chemical names printed on the bottle of course. But the products are given the names by which these compounds are most commonly known.
There’s Trenorol, named after Trenbolone.
There’s D-Bal, named after the infamous Dianabol.
There’s also Decaduro, which is basically identical to Decadurabolin; one of the most popular anabolic steroids in the world.
The products aren’t listed as the actual anabolic steroids, but they are purposefully given names that sound just like their synthetic, anabolic counterparts.
But hold on, it gets worse. Much worse.
The products are actually listed with their supposed synthetic equivalents:
The names of the products are listed right alongside the anabolic compound name. The insinuation is that these products basically are the same thing; customers are being led to believe that D-BAL is just Dianabol with a different brand name, HGH-X2 is just Crazybulk’s Human Growth Hormone, and so on.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
These supplements are almost all natural testosterone boosters composed of herbal extracts, amino acids, and vitamins.
For example, here is the nutrition information for Decaduro:
See? It’s just cheap herbal extracts that have practically no effect on testosterone at all. The fact that they have written “deca durabolin” next to the product’s name is totally meaningless.
It has only been done to trick people into thinking this product is in some way a legally available form of the steroid. Either that, or it is some kind of legal analogue similar to Deca in effects.
But as we can see, that is simply not true.
Crazybulk don’t just rely on this insinuation and suggestion, however.
No, that would be far too subtle for them. They come right out and tell people that these products are “alternatives” to these steroid compounds; that they give the same results but with none of the risks.
Here is a screenshot taken from the website:
They are explicitly saying that this product gives the same results as Dianabol but with none of the nasty side effects.
Yet if you look at the ingredients list, you can quickly work out that this isn’t true at all:
Whey protein, a few amino acids, and Tribulus Terrestris. Do you honestly think this will recreate the effects of an incredibly powerful anabolic compound like Dianabol?
Do you think it is even possible to recreate the effects of Dianabol without causing serious harm to the body (liver damage, kidney damage, rapid weight gain, heart disease, etc)?
No, neither do we.
We think Crazybulk rely on most people never getting to the label. A lot of people are really naive; they just read the promises and assume that the manufacturer is telling the truth. Crazybulk are clearly more than happy to part these people with their hard-earned cash.
Don’t fall for this obvious scam.
If a product claims to be a “natural alternative” of some powerful drug, giving you “all of the benefits and none of the risks”, it’s a scam. Such a supplement simply isn’t possible. It isn’t possible for you to recreate the effects of Trenbolone, for instance, without incurring serious physical harm.