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China Arrests Nearly 100 Involved in “Viagra Radio” Ads

China Arrests Nearly 100 Involved in “Viagra Radio” Ads

More than 270 illegal Chinese broadcasters and base stations were closed in 2017 and 95 people were arrested after “vulgar” content was being broadcast.

Two problems with “Viagra radio”

The illegal radio stations ran infomercials for erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra, as well erectile dysfunction clinics, disguised as talk shows.

Besides the fact that men with erectile dysfunction could fall prey to buying illegal Viagra, illegal broadcasts can also interfere with aviation signals. In August 2017, the military contacted the local radio management authority to report the interference.

The illegal base stations can be created almost anywhere—in this case, one was found in a taxi—and can search for nearby cell phone signals and then send mass text messages. The two taxi drivers were driving around the city grabbing mobile phone numbers and by the time the police had caught them, they had sent more than 13 million messages in just seven months.

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Avoiding fake Viagra

So, what is the Chinese government doing to warn people about scams like “Viagra radio”? right now, the police in Congquing, where this occurred, is doing the heavy lifting, warning the public to be wary of these types of medical scams and recommending that a platform is created to give the public a way to report these illegal broadcasts.

Men with erectile dysfunction who want to get Viagra are advised to talk to their medical provider to get a legitimate prescription for the drug. Getting Viagra or worse, fake Viagra, off the black market is risky. At best, you’ll waste your money and get a placebo that doesn’t do anything for your erectile dysfunction. At worst, you’ll get very sick, or even die, from the dangerous ingredients sometimes found in these fake Viagra.

Around the world, Viagra is the most counterfeited drug, and many of the pills have been found to contain toxic ingredients, including road paint, detergent, and talcum powder.

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