NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — If you spend much time on social media, you’ve probably seen ads that sound too good to be true, like expensive art being sold for what you’d probably pay for a couple of cups of coffee.

As you may have guessed, it’s a scam.

Online imposters are stealing photos from real artists and then creating their own fake ads. It’s not just consumers who are losing out.

Bob Stinnett – NewsChannel 5 Nashville

Paige Halls started creating beautiful mountain landscapes during the pandemic.

“They are actually pieces of wood that are cut into different shapes and then I layer them so they become like a 3D effect,” she explained, adding, “And I hand paint or hand stain all of them.”

Halls makes these pieces in her home studio in the Woodbine area of Nashville along with her partner, Sammy, who builds all of the frames by hand.

The scammers even went so far as to steal the reviews from Halls’ website and posted them in their ads, changing only the names.

“It is really my biggest seller right now,” she said.

Halls sells them through her business Buttons and Pearl on Etsy.

But you’ll also find her work all over Facebook, Instagram and even Amazon.

Imposters are flooding the online market with ads featuring her pictures and her pieces but at a much lower price.

“They are anywhere from $20-$30 when my pieces sell for well over $300,” Halls told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Fake online art

Bob Stinnett – NewsChannel 5 Nashville

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