Andy Wise warns about buying art online - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Andy Wise warns about buying art online

(WMC-TV) - The online sale of art is making it tougher than ever to tell a Picasso from an imposter.

"There are thousands of victims," said Lee Jones, U.S. Postal Inspector.

Jones is talking about the online sale of counterfeit prints by world-renowned artists like Mark Chagall, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso.

Undercover postal inspectors buy the art. The print is then lab-tested, and once they confirm the art is fake, they move in for the arrest.

"The fake prints have unique numbers and forged signatures," said Jones.

A consumer should look for a certificate of authenticity from the seller. In addition, they should also ask the seller for a history of where the seller obtained the print.

If you believe you're a victim of a fraud from an online auction, mailed sweepstakes, or lottery, file a complaint by clicking here.

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