It is in human nature to want the underdog to win, at least just
once. Snake oil sellers can play on this by making you believe they
are "David" to the authorities and officials "Goliath".
A number of deceiving web sites claim their product has been ignored
by the established dermatological community. A few web sites even
display copies of letters apparently posted to the Federal Drug
Administration or dermatological organizations decrying their rejection
of this or that wonder cure.
We can all identify with the little man struggling against the
faceless giants of government, tax collectors, or scientific bodies.
We have been there and done that ourselves, we know what it is like.
Con artists will use our weaknesses, and our wish to side with the
little people, to their best advantage. The Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) of the USA has investigated around 250,000 claims for products
that regrow hair. All but three (minoxidil 2%, minoxidil 5%, Propecia)
have been rejected as worthless.